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Andrey Zvyagintsev

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    Officials and Locals Clash Over Bleak Russian Representation in Oscar-Nominated 'Leviathan'

    The Cannes-winning dreary film brings up distressing issues of social mobility, small town politics and religious intervention.

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    Cannes Review: 'Leviathan' Is a Transfixing Epic That Grows On You

    Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's bleak drama (which is also sometimes a black comedy) finds people in a remote town trapped by situations beyond their control.

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    VIFF '11: 'Elena' Is A Dramatic Masterwork From Russian Director Andrey Zvyagintsev

    For this writer, there are fewer things in cinema more satisfying than a filmmaker in total control of their story. Sure, we love the visceral thrill of a well-choreographed, impeccably staged action sequence as much as the next red-blooded human being. And there’s the perfect combination of song/score over moving images, blissful moments heightened through all the tools available in the medium. But then there are those rare moments when a film has just begun, and the feeling sets in immediately that you’re in good hands; that no matter what happens in this film, you can trust the filmmaker has thought everything through and knows what he or ...

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