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NNarrative Competition

Leviathan

Leviathan

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Russia | Russian
2014 | 141min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
Theme: V, N
15+
Leviathan is a modern take on the Biblical story of Job set in contemporary Russia. The put-upon hero, the hotheaded Kolia, lives in a small town near the Barents Sea. He operates an auto repair shop that stands next to the beautiful house where he lives with his second wife Lilya and his son from a previous marriage. The corrupt and all-powerful mayor of the neighboring town covets his business, his house and his land. First he offers to buy off Kolia, but Kolia refuses. As the mayor starts to become more aggressive, Kolia asks his best friend Dmitri, a lawyer from Moscow, to help him. Eventually, Kolia’s determination to resist the mayor leads to tragedy. Naturally, some will read the film as a parable of the Putin era. Zvyagintsev notes, “The arduous alliance between man and the state has been a theme of life in Russia for quite a long time. Whatever society each of us lives in, we will all be faced one day with the following alternative: Either live as a slave or live as a free man. And if we naively think that there must be a kind of state power that can free us from that choice, we are seriously mistaken. In the life of every man, there comes a time when one must stand up for his sense of justice.' —Alissa Simon

Director,  Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director,  Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrey Zvyagintsev, born in 1964 in Novosibirsk, studied acting at the Novosibirsk Drama School and at Moscow’s Russian University of Theatre Arts. He made his feature debut as a director in 2003 with The Return, which won the Golden Lion in Venice and was hailed as the European Discovery of the Year in 2003. The star of his next film, The Banishment, won Best Actor in the main competition at Cannes in 2007. His subsequent films Elena (2011) and Leviathan also won awards at Cannes.

Cast and Crew

Director
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Cast
Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov, Anna Ukolova, Sergey Pokhodaev
Production Company
Non-Stop Production
Sales Contact
Pyramide International
Music
Philip Glass
Producer
Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov
Executive Producer
Ekaterina Marakulina
Screenwriter
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin
Editor
Anna Mass
Cinematographer
Mikhail Krichman
Sound
Andrey Dergachev
Production Designer
Andrey Ponkratov
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