A powerful film about corruption in modern Russia, Leviathan is set in a remote coastal town on the Barents Sea, and centres on a struggling family of three, who own a small house on the outskirts of town. An auto repair worker, Kolya (Aleksey Serebryakov) and his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) are determined to save their meagre property from the whims of the local mayor (Roman Madyanov), who goes to great lengths to take it from them. When Kolya brings in an old friend who has become a prominent attorney to defend them, the bleak situation becomes heightened, exposing rampant corruption. Andrey Zvyagintsev’s 2014 excoriating Cannes-selected, Oscar-nominated film features beautiful sweeping landscapes, downed with an equal amount of vodka shots.
“Magnificent. A new Russian masterpiece” — The Guardian