Russian film ‘Leviathan’ by Andrei Zvyagintsev wins main prize of Munich Film Festival


The film “Leviathan” by Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev and producers Rodnyansky and Sergei Melkumova won the top prize of the 32nd International Munich Film Festival, which ended on Saturday. According to the organizers, this year’s parade attended by a record number of moviegoers – about 75 thousand people, according to ITAR-TASS.

“Leviathan” won the award as “Best Foreign Film” (ARRI / OSRAM Award). Cash premium content is 50 thousand Euros.

The film is a cinema interpretation of the story of the biblical character Job; it is presented by Zvyagintsev within the framework of modern Russia. In the center of the story – Nicholas, who lives in a small house in the north of the country. In just one moment, his everyday life is being tested by fate. Zvyagintsev’s movie is based on the great Russian culture and raises topics close to Dostoevsky and orthodox philosophy. At the end of the film there was built a new templeat the spot on the river bank, where human passions raged.

The name of the movie dates back to the famous work “Leviathan” of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes. It is dedicated to the nature of power and how to best state arrangement. According to the philosopher, the natural weakness of man, which he has from birth, should be limited by the strong state power and faith.

The main roles are played by Alexei Serebryakov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Elena Lyadova. The movie has been previously awarded the prize for best screenplay at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival.

The festival in Munich was opened on June 27. Film contest has been held since 1983 and is the second largest in Germany after the “Berlinale”. As part of the program there were presented about 160 films from more than 50 countries. Munich Film Festival is an important meeting place for representatives of the film industry, and film media in Europe and the world.


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