While Andrey Zvyaginstev has only made a handful of feature films over the last decade (The Return
being a personal favorite), he's made everyone of them count, and none perhaps more so than his latest, Leviathan
. Charting great buzz out of Cannes, where it won the screenplay prize, Zvyaginstev's modern retelling of the Book of Job focuses on a land battle between rural Russian citizens and the authorities who have come to upend their world.
While the film seems to be touted in some circles as merely a political thriller on corruption, Zvyaginstev's keen eye as a spiritual-humanist should make this an enriching experience.
Making an appearance at Toronto later next month, Leviathan
will be released stateside on December 31. Catch the mesmerizing trailer below.
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