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, Shelevyat starts being more aggressive.
“LEVIATHAN is easily the most important and imposing film to emerge from Russia in recent years. Since its story conveys a sense of pervasive political corruption, it has been read as a daring and scathing critique of conditions in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and it is certainly fascinating to contemplate on that level. Yet there’s much more to writer-director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s singular artistic vision than simple political allegorizing, as the hypnotic opening of Leviathan makes clear” – Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com. Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. In Russian with English Subtitles. Rated R. 140 Min. 2014.
Screened as part of the 2018-2019 Presence of the Past Film Series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Maine Film Center.
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