*NOMINATED FOR BEST FOREGIN FILM*
Russia may not want you to see Leviathan, but Film Munch most definitely wants you to watch it!
Immediately, the score is captivating and the various shots of nature and what seems like wilderness set the tone for this film. There is a grandeur-esque feel to whats about to unfold, and rightly so, because this story is grand and aptly requires a 140 minute runtime. Leviathan is an epic tale.
Andrey Zvyagintsev has said that he was inspired by the events that took place on June 4th 2004 in Granby, Colorado. Marvin Heemeyer had modified a bulldozer and went on a rampage destroying the town hall, the mayor’s house and several other town buildings. He then took his life, all of this over a zoning dispute. Andrey has said that when he heard about the story, he thought to himself that this sort if thing could ‘happen to anyone’. What Andrey has done with Leviathan is take the person’s being ‘intimidated’ point of view, and telling a story relevant to the hardships undergone by a man, and his dispute over land, with government giants.
Apparently it took Andrey about 6 years to prepare a story apt for film, based on his inspiration from Marvin Heemeyer, as the story evolved, he noted that it was more like an adaptation of Job’s story, from the Bible. Don’t worry Film Munchers, this is not another Ridley Scott Biblical disaster, in fact the opposite is true, Leviathan is truly an artistic piece, with Biblical grandeur written all over it.
This film is important, because the political situation in Russia isn’t that exciting at the moment. Without going in to detail, for the sake of avoiding politics, the Russian government is continuously taking steps to stamp out western culture, and suppress freedom of speech, but it showers its people with blatant propaganda. Leviathan isn’t meant to be a political piece, but it has stirred debate. It doesn’t shy away from exposing those that abuse their positions of power, and it doesn’t shy away from identifying who is, more often than not, truly behind bleak injustices, namely, religion, or religious leaders claiming to act out of divine guidance. Leviathan is a serious film, but it also is able to maintain light-hearted-ness through out, making it a superbly well rounded film.
This Best Foreign Film Golden Globe winner is worth your time and effort Film Muncher!
TRIVIA COOKIE: Russia has received 6 Oscar nomination, and has won once, in 1994.