With an introduction by Professor Christopher Davis
Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film 2014, Leviathan is a coruscating portrayal of the monolithic power of the law, the state, and the church bearing down on one man, Kolia and his family, who dares to challenge an attempt by the local mayor to evict him from his home in Northern Russia.
The film's title borrows from Thomas Hobbes's greatest work and follows his view that life would be 'nasty, brutish and short' without good government and an organized society. Encompassing both the scale and emotional resonance of a Tolstoy novel, Leviathan is pervaded with the dark poetic vision of the director’s acclaimed debut The Return.
Despite securing state funding and escaping virtually blemish-free from Russia’s censors, the film serves as a thinly veiled and savage critique of the corruption at the heart of contemporary Russia under Putin, shot through with a ferocious intensity and mordant humour.
Professor Christopher Davis, Reader in Command and Transition Economies at the Russian and East European Studies Centre, University of Oxford, will give a short introduction to the film.