The gripping Russian drama follows a small-time mechanic's dispute against his town's corrupt mayor.
Earlier this year, "Leviathan" made the buzz at the Cannes Film Festival, walking away from the prestigious movie event with the top screenplay award. In tow with its Telluride Film Festival premiere on Friday, August 29 night, the first trailer has been released to public.
The drama is a gripping parable of class, faith and corruption, centering on a land dispute between a small-time mechanic and his local authorities that reaps unimaginable consequences. The town's corrupt mayor Vadim Shelevyat is determined to take away Kolia's business, his house, as well as his land. Kolia unflinchingly fights as hard as he can so as not to lose everything he owns including the beauty that has surrounded him from the day he was born. Facing resistance, the mayor starts being more aggressive.
"Watch this film and it tells you all you need to know about the state of things in Russia right now," Sony Pictures Classics co-chief Michael Barker told HitFix. The film, which is inspired by the Biblical tale of Job, is directed by "The Return" helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev. Sony will release it in limited theaters at the very end of the year.