Independent & World Films at the Library

Showing on Thursday, May 28, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Leviathan (Russia)

This acclaimed Russian drama won the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and received an Academy Award nomination for the same honor. It has been called the most important and imposing film to emerge from Russia in recent years. Kolya, an army veteran, has carved for himself, his second wife, and his teenage son, a small but desirable piece of waterside property in far northern Russia. They live on the beach in a large house which Kolya built himself. He does well running a car shop, but his wife still has to work in a demeaning fish processing plant. Kolya's world is gradually shattered by the local mayor, who covets what Kolya has and claims it for the town. The descent of this simple man, who has no recourse in the corrupt Russian courts, follows an inexorable course of Greek tragedy. Many see the movie as a scalding criticism of Putin's Russia, but for much of the world, it’s a reflection of the universal human condition. The corrosive intertwining of politics and religion is a provocative and constant theme in the film. Kolya is a contemporary Job and the mayor, the modern equivalent of “leviathan”, the autocratic, all-powerful state. Beautifully directed and filmed, with stunning music and great acting, the viewer is immersed in the Russian way of life, including the permeating fumes of vodka, which is drunk by everyone, almost as a means to escape the harsh realities of life.

Russian with English subtitles

Running time: 141 minutes

The Independent and World Films Series runs most 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, with showings at 2:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Gainey Room. The focus for our series is foreign or world films, as well as independent films that are not widely distributed in the U.S.

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2015

January 8: The Hundred-Foot Journey (India/U.S.)
February 12: Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
February 26: Love is Strange (U.S.)
March 12: The Theory of Everything (Great Britain)
March 26: Birdman (U.S.)
April 9: The Patience Stone (Afghanistan)
April 23: Pride (Great Britain)
May 14: For a Woman (France)

2014

March 13: Blue Jasmine (U.S.)
March 27: 12 Years a Slave (U.S.)
April 24: The Book Thief (U.S.)
May 8: Wadja (Saudi Arabia)
May 22: Inside Llewyn Davis (U.S.)
June 12: Instructions Not Included (Mexico)
June 26: Stories We Tell (Canada)
July 19: Oranges & Sunshine (Australia)
July 24: Love is All You Need (Denmark)
August 14: Still Mine (Canada)
August 28: The Lunchbox (India)
September 11: Shun Li and the Poet (Italy)
September 25: The Past (France)
October 9: Words and Pictures (U.S.)
October 23: Gloria (Chile)
November 13: Chef (U.S.)
December 11: 8 Women (France)

2013

January 10: Beasts of the Southern Wild (U.S.)
January 24: Last Ride (Australia)
February 14: Foreign Letters (U.S.)
February 28: Elena (Russia)
March 14: Anna Karenina (Great Britain)
March 28: Tokyo Sonata (Japan)
April 11: Robot & Frank (U.S.)
April 25: Queen of Hearts (France)
May 9: Of Gods and Men (France)
May 23: A Late Quartet (U.S.)
June 13: The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina)
June 27: Rust and Bone (France)
July 11: Teddy Bear (Denmark)
July 19: Codex (U.S.)
July 25: NO (Chile)
August 8: Smashed (U.S.)
August 22: Found Memories (Brazil)
August 28: The Lunch Box (India)

2012

January 26: Sarah's Key (France & U.S.)
February 9: Beginners (U.S.)
March 8: Incendies (Canada & France)
March 22: Made in Dagenham (Great Britain)
April 12: Take Shelter (U.S.)
May 10: The Piano in a Factory (China)
May 24: In a Better World (Denmark)
June 14: O'Horten (Norway)
June 28: Albert Nobbs (United Kingdom)
July 12: My Name is Khan (India)
July 26: The Woman on the 6th Floor (France)
August 9: Come Undone (Italy)
August 23: Footnote (Israel)
September 13: A Separation (Iran)
September 27: Another Year (U.K.)
October 11: Life Above All (South Africa)
October 26: The Devil's Backbone (Spain)
November 8: Train of Life (France)
December 13: Auntie Mame (U.S.)
December 27: Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon)

2011

May 19: Bomber (U.S./U.K.)
June 16: 1981 (Canada)
July 21: Only When I Dance (Brazil)
August 18: The Drummer (Hong Kong)
September 15: The Wind Journeys (Columbia)
October 20: If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Romania)
November 17: The Colors of the Mountain (Columbia)
December 15: Holiday Affair (U.S.)