BIFF17 Leviathan20th August, 2017
A corrupt mayor’s land grab against a smalltime mechanic spirals out of control in this taut, electrifying thriller that takes a swipe at hardliner Vladimir Putin’s controversially crooked regime.
Kolya and his family are under siege, with imperious mayor Vadim earmarking their car repair shop for compulsory demolition and redevelopment. Kolya calls on a big-shot lawyer from Moscow for help. Tempers then flare in this little vodka-fuelled town.
A morally complex, blackly comic parable about the tangles of ordinary people’s little lives playing against the monstrous machinations of an unscrupulous political system lurk just below the surface.
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Winner Best Screenplay 67th Cannes Film Festival, 2014
Winner Golden Globe Award, Best Foreign Language Film, 2015
Nominated Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film, 2015
Winner Best Film, 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2014
“Magnificent. A new Russian masterpiece. Acted and directed with unflinching ambition… a movie with real grandeur.” – The Guardian