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.
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.