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Leviathan (In Translation Series)

  • Starring: Aleksey Serebryakov, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Yelena Lyadova
  • Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev and Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Language: Russian (w/ subtitles)
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 140 min.

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note. A $25 “passport” gets you into all five movies in the series.

Synopsis: 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. Vadim Shelevyat, the Mayor of the town, wants to take away his business, his house and his land. First he tries buying off Kolia, but Kolia cannot stand losing everything he has, not only the land, but also all the beauty that has surrounded him from the day of his birth. So Vadim Shelevyat starts being more aggressive

In Translation Series

May 2 & 3: Force Majeure

May 9, 10: Leviathan

May 16 & 17: Timbuktu

May 23 & 24: White God

May 30 & 31: PK

"Magnificently acted, expertly crafted and unerringly sure of every treacherous step it takes, Leviathan is an indictment, but also an elegy, a film set among the monumental ruins of a culture, whether they’re the skeletal remains of boats, a whale’s bleached bones, a demolished building or a trail of lives that are either ruined or hopelessly resigned."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Leviathan, the fourth feature from Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, may be the one true masterpiece of global cinema released in 2014."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"Director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film combines allegory, brutal melodrama, black humor and strikingly beautiful compositions, each frame dense with meaning. Leviathan stays absolutely gripping, right up to the O. Henry twist that slams the film shut."
- Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Call it what you like – a modern Russian epic, a crime drama, a black comedy or a scream in the dark – Leviathan is a shaggy masterpiece."
- Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)