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Leviathan (2014)

Written by Philip Jones on Monday, 20 July 2015

Leviathan portrays modern Russia as a society of the unjust, where individuals are squashed beneath the power of a corrupt church and political system.


Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing our favourite corruption documentaries, films and books. Some might be more famous than others, but all are fascinating and relevant to the work that we do in Transparency International around the world.

Keep up with the series on social media by using the hashtags #corruptiononscreen or #corruptioninprint

Leviathan (2014)

London Critics Circle Film Awards: Winner – Foreign Language Film of the Year

London Film Festival: Winner – Best Film

Partially funded by the Russian Ministry of Culture, Leviathan takes aim at local politics in remote Russia.  The film covers the story of how a family on the outskirts of an isolated fishing village is crushed by a corrupt mayor who will go to any length in order to accomplish his own goals.

For generations, Nikolai’s (Aleksei Serebryakov) family has lived in a small coastal cottage. But when the mayor of the town decides he wants the land to build a luxury mansion and a church, Nikolai finds himself fighting against the local police and courts which are under the control of the mayor.

In an attempt to fight the system that he finds himself surrounded by, Nikolai employs an old friend who has become a hot-shot lawyer in Moscow to collect dirt on the mayor.  What happens next would be unfair to say.

What is interesting about the film other than the story itself is how the viewer finds themselves in an authentic, modern day Russia.  Scenes are shot in real government buildings, where a portrait of Vladimir Putin comes standard.

Leviathan portrays modern rural Russia as a society of the unjust, where individuals are squashed beneath the power of a corrupt church and political system. If you have an interest in corruption and/or Russia, then look no further than this film.

You can watch the Leviathan’s trailer below.


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Philip Jones

Philip is TI-UK's Communications Officer. You can follow him on Twitter at @PBentleyJones

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