Russian Film “Leviathan” Wins Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film

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This article originally appeared at The BRICS Post

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Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” has won the Golden Globe Award in the Best Foreign Language Film nomination.

The Russian drama beat other contenders in the category: Swedish drama “Force Majeure (Turist)” by Ruben Ostlund, an Israeli film about women’s rights ”Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem” by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, Polish film ”Ida” by Pawel Pawlikowski and Estonian “Tangerines (Mandariinid)” by Zaza Urushadze.

The film’s producer Alexander Rodnyansky told the gathering at Beverly Hills in the US on Sunday that “Leviathan” nomination proved it made no difference where a film originated from. Over a third of the film’s funding came from the Russian Ministry of Culture.

“Leviathan” is a compelling tragic drama of corruption and intimidation set in contemporary Russia. The film has been an an art-house awards powerhouse since winning the best screenplay at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but losing out on the top prize- the Palme d’Or.

The Russian drama won the award for the best film at the London film festival awards in October last year and is Russia’s official submission for the Oscar for best foreign language film.

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