Well, Russia came through. When I recently interviewed “Leviathan” writer-director Andrey Zvyagintsev, he was clearly worried that Vladimir Putin buddy Nikita Mikhalkov’s Oscar selection committee would not choose festival favorite “Leviathan,” which won best screenplay at Cannes and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. But Russia came through, even though this film is a dramatic and disturbing expose of corruption at the deepest levels of Russian culture–and the devastation it wreaks on its citizens.
Golden Globe-winning “Leviathan” has now been Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. When Mikhalkov’s brother Andrey Konchalovskiy’s new film was pushed back to October (after the eligibility deadline), the Oscar nomination was cleared.
“Leviathan” is now in select theaters. Here’s our provocative conversation:
I have four screenplays, they are ready, they are lying on my producer’s desk and he is thinking which one he is going to take on.
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