Leviathan
Essential Russian Cinema
Russia 2014, 140 min, Digital, Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Russian with English subtitles
Screenings:
  • Friday February 6, 2015 at 6:45PM
  • Saturday February 7, 2015 at 4:00PM
  • Saturday February 7, 2015 at 9:30PM
  • Sunday February 8, 2015 at 1:00PM
  • Sunday February 8, 2015 at 6:45PM
  • Tuesday February 10, 2015 at 9:00PM
  • Thursday February 12, 2015 at 6:45PM

Russia’s official entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Leviathan is a compelling tragic drama of corruption and intimidation in contemporary Russia. It revolves around Kolia, a poor man who finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm of poisoned destiny. Through a quirk of fate, he has what others want: a beautiful wife, a handsome property. He is at the focus of Russia’s most dangerous forces: smart lawyers, gangster-rich politicians, and arrogant priests. The title refers partly to Hobbes’s Leviathan, the classic work about the implications of relinquishing some of your natural liberty to a central sovereign so society may be peaceful and orderly. But Leviathan also means the whale: one is seen brooding in the water – a grim analogue to Kolia and the myriad Russians he represents. (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

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FILM ARTICLE " Leviathan is a vodka-soaked Job for the 21st-century.” Josef Braun, VUE Weekly

FILM ARTICLE "Russian tale boasts corrupt politicians and, of course, a whole lot of vodka.” Chris Knight, Edmonton Journal

Rating: 14A (14A)
Advisories:
  • Coarse Language
  • Substance Abuse

This screening is part of the larger thematic series:
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