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[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Leviathan," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev has shown a penchant for studying desperate characters trapped in worlds much larger than anything under their control. From the two boys at the mercy of their demanding father in "The Return," to the elderly working class woman in "Elena" driven to crime for the sake of her son's finances, Zvyagintsev has assailed Russian society from the inside out. But none of his preceding features reaches the heights of dark, probing inquiry on display in his beautifully layered epic "Leviathan," a tragedy of biblical proportions in which fear and disillusionment are more central than the plot itself, and only the heartless people in power can »
- Eric Kohn
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russian director of last year’s Cannes revelation “Leviathan,” has been set as president of the jury at next month’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21). He will choose among the competition films and decide the
Golden Goblet awards.
Born in 1964, Zvyagintsev made a splash with his feature debut The Return at the Venice Film Festival in 2003, winning the highest prize, the Golden Lion. His “The Banishment” premiered at Cannes in 2007, where its star Konstantin Lavronenko won the best actor award, the first-ever for a Russian actor. At Cannes in 2011 Zvyagintsev’s Elena won the Special Jury Prize in the festival’s Un Certain Regard section.
- Patrick Frater
Scott Davis looks at the big releases on Blu-ray and DVD this week in the UK…
Fresh from its success through awards season, culminating in its win for Best Adapted Screenplay at last month’s Academy Awards, The Imitation Game is finally released on Blu-ray and DVD. With a hugely impressive worldwide haul of almost $200million, the film has been a huge success with audiences, and is set to do the same when its released today. Starring Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, alongside Charles Dance, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong, the film also gets a limited edition steelbook release through Zavvi.
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Another in a long line of strong British releases this year, ’71 was met with huge critical acclaim when it has it’s released at the tail end of last year. »
- Scott J. Davis
Andrey Zvyagintsev and Alexander Rodnyansky, the director and producer of Leviathan, accepted the Golden Globe tonight for Best Foreign Language film, another in a long list of prizes the movie has amassed since debuting in Cannes and scooping Best Screenplay honors there. A treatise on corruption at the State level which includes elements of the biblical story of Job, Leviathan is also Russia’s Foreign Language Oscar entry. It made the December shortlist, now has a BAFTA nomination and this weekend took the top Fipresci prize in Palm Springs. In the past four years, Golden Globe winners In A Better World, A Separation, Amour and The Great Beauty have gone on to scoop the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Prior to 2010, however, there were often mismatches between the eventual victors. Oscar nominations are this Thursday. Sony Pictures Classics released Leviathan on December 25.
Given the film’s subject matter »
- Nancy Tartaglione
4 items from 2015
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