Leviathan Trailer: Multilayered Russian Cannes Winner

An international Leviathan trailer has been released, providing a great look at the riveting new film from award-winning filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Elena). The film follows multiple characters on a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, focusing on a family dealing with a corrupt mayor trying to take away their land. There appears to be a hell of a lot going on here, with Zvyagintsev once again providing a multilayered essay using everyday characters. The film, apparently a modern take on the Biblical tale of Job, earned Zvyagintsev and his co-writer Oleg Negin the Best Screenplay award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and, so far, it’s clear to see why.

Cannes Film Festival synopsis for Leviathan:

“Leviathan” is a modern day retelling of the Biblical story of Job set in contemporary Russia. Kolia lives in a small town near the Barents Sea, in North Russia. He has his own auto-repair shop. His shop stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son from a previous marriage Romka. Vadim Sergeyich, the Mayor of the town, wants to take away his business, his house and his land. First he tries buying off Kolia but Kolia isn’t interested in money, he doesn’t want to lose everything he has: not only the land, but also all the beauty that has surrounded him from the day of his birth. As Vadim Sergeyich starts being more aggressive, Kolia asks his best friend Dmitri, a lawyer from Moscow, to help him, unaware that this would change his life forever.


ETA: USA (New York) – 31 December, 2014.

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