'Leviathan' to Debut on Russian TV

Andrei Zvyagintsev's social drama collected the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival last year and was nominated for an Oscar.

Leviathan, this year's Golden Globe winner for best foreign-language film, will debut on Russian TV later this month.

Andrei Zvyagintsev's social drama, which also collected the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival last year and was nominated for an Oscar in the foreign-language category, is to premiere on Viasat's TV1000 Premium HD on April 30.

TV1000 Premium HD is included in the Russian-language Viasat Premium HD package, available in Russia and other former Soviet republics with a considerable Russian-language population via cable, satellite and online.

Viasat Premium HD also has contracts with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Universal to air their recent releases as well as shows produced by BBC and ITV Global.

Leviathan was released in Russia on Feb. 5 and grossed $1.4 million, according to the Russian database KinoPoisk. Several weeks before the release, the movie was leaked to the Internet, with the producers claiming the leak came from one of the Academy members who received a DVD screener of the film prior to the Oscars.

Leviathan raised a controversy in Russia as many accused the movie of showing Russian life in a bad light.

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