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Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, winner of the best screenplay honor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is finally getting a release in Russia.
A Company Russia, in cooperation with 20th Century Fox Russia, will bow the film wide in the territory.
A local release was long in doubt for Leviathan. The drama, a retelling of the biblical story of Job set in modern-day Russia, had been read by many as an allegorical attack on Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Russia’s minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky snubbed the Cannes premiere of the film, telling official news agency RIA Novosti that he “did not like it.”
Zvyagintsev’s script, with its abundant profanity, also threatened to fall foul of Russia’s new anti-obscenity laws, passed this summer. But last month, the Russian culture ministry finally issued an exhibition license for Leviathan.
Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the film in the United States.
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