Synopsis

Set in the remote Russian northwest, Leviathan is the tragic tale of one man’s struggle against a corrupt system of power, brought to breathtaking life by visionary director Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, The Banishment, Elena). Kolya, a part-time mechanic, lives on a rocky shore with his wife and son in a house he built himself. When a local mayor attempts to seize the property through a compulsory purchase order he calls in a lawyer friend from Moscow to help fight his case. But the wheels of justice soon prove to be slow, heavy and quite possibly deadly… An astounding work of epic scope and savage emotion that was awarded Best Screenplay at Cannes 2014 and nominated for an Oscar in 2015, Leviathan is a visually arresting masterpiece that has drawn comparisons with Tarkovsky, shot through with the rich, novelistic complexity of Dostoyevsky.

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Director

Andrey Zvyagintsev
Andrey Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk in 1964. After graduat­ing from theatre school, he worked in the theatre. In 1986, he moved to Moscow where he graduated from the acting department of the Moscow State Theatre School. Zvyagintsev then worked as an actor in independent theatre projects and acted in several films. In 2000, he made his debut as a television director of three episodes for the series Black Room for REN-TV. The Return, his feature debut, received two Golden Lions at the Venice Film Festival for Best Film and Best Debut. The film won more than 40 international awards, including the European Film Academy Discovery - Prix Fassbinder, the Russian Film Academy Award GOLDEN EAGLE for Best Film and Best Cinematography, a nomination for the HFPA GOLDEN GLOBE in the category of Best Foreign Film, the Swedish Film Institute Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a nomination for a Cesar in the category of Best Foreign Film, a BBC World Cinema Award for Best Foreign Film, and the FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Festivals.

Cast

Alexey Serebryakov: Kolia Elena Lyadova: Lilya Vladimir Vdovitchenkov: Dmitri Roman Madyanov: Vadim Cheleviat Anna Ukolova: Angela Alexey Rozin: Pacha Sergey Pokhodaev: Roma


Crew

Andrey Zvyagintsev: Director / writer Oleg Negin: Writer

Details

DVD catalogue number: ART732DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART142BD

Awards

2015 Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film
2015 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
2015 BAFTA nominee for Best Film Not in the English Language


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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Andrey Zvyagintsev

CAST:
Alexey Serebryakov: Kolia
Elena Lyadova: Lilya
Vladimir Vdovitchenkov: Dmitri
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CREW:
Andrey Zvyagintsev: Director / writer
Oleg Negin: Writer
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DURATION: 141 Mins

COUNTRIES: Russia

LANGUAGES: Russian

AWARDS:
2015 Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film
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