Russia's Leviathan nominated for Academy Award as best foreign film

The 87th Academy Award has nominated Russia’s Leviathan by director Andrey Zvyagintsev for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The 87th Academy Award has nominated Russia’s Leviathan by director Andrey Zvyagintsev for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

This was announced at a ceremony in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles where the nominees’ names were made public.

The film won the Golden Globe Award for the best foreign language film on January 12.

Leviathan, named after Thomas Hobbes's great work, is the filmmaker’s interpretation of the Bible story of Job based on the modern Russian reality. The film is set on a peninsula by the Barents Sea and tells the story of a man struggling against a local corrupt mayor.

The movie premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in May and won the award for Best Screenplay. It also won the prize at the 32nd Munich Film Festival in the best foreign film category.

First published by TASS.

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