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TELLURIDE WATCH: New International Trailer for Russian 'Leviathan'

Photo of Elaina Patton By Elaina Patton | Thompson on Hollywood August 29, 2014 at 4:10PM

Ahead of the film's appearance at Telluride and Toronto, Russian epic "Leviathan" has its first trailer. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev's film nabbed Best Screenplay, and gushing praise, at Cannes this year.
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'Leviathan'
'Leviathan'

Ahead of the film's appearance at Telluride and Toronto, Russian epic "Leviathan" has its first trailer. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev's film nabbed Best Screenplay, and gushing praise, at Cannes this year.

Rural morality pairs with harsh Russian landscape in this beautiful-to-watch and difficult-to-bear film where a small coastal town sets the stage for a legal standoff between a weathered patriarch and a drunken politician. For lovers of Russian cinema it's a wet dream: a bleak backdrop, familial resentment, bureaucratic corruption and plenty of vodka.

Russia may not be keen on submitting this controversial portrait of the nation as it stands today for the Foreign Language Oscar. But Sony Pictures Classics will release the film stateside December 31 to qualify for contention in all categories.

This article is related to: Leviathan (2014), Telluride Film Festival, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.