Andrei Zvyagintsev’s film "Leviathan" is released in Russia in an edited version, according to RIA Novosti.
The author’s version of the picture had to be edited according to the law on profanity in films. Sound will be muffled only in those places where swearing sounds.
The film, whose Russian premiere is scheduled for February 5, will be shown on 650 screens. In Moscow, the film will be screened in more than 70 cinemas, including the networks of Karo Film, Cinema Star, Luxor, Formula Kino, Kronverk Cinema and Cinema Park.
Andrei Zvyagintsev's social drama Leviathan, set in a small Russian town near the Barents Sea, won the Golden Globe Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category and was nominated by the Russian Academy Award in the same category.
The film received polar reviews from viewers who already managed to watch it. Some scold the picture for its "anti-Russian" tone, while others believe that the director was able to accurately convey typical features of Russian life.
Earlier, the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky spoke about the Leviathan. "It's strange, but there is not a single positive hero among the heroes of the film. That is, what and who Zvyagintsev hates is more or less clear. And who does he love? Fame, red carpet and figurines - that’s understandable. But does he love any of his heroes? There are big doubts, "he said. The official also noted that "in the pursuit of international success, this film is extremely opportunistic."