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Oscar calls on "Leviathan"

Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 01:43

The director of Russia's official selection for the 87th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film talks about his new movie. Alicia Powell reports.

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Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev is taking the good with the bad as the media blitz for his critical acclaimed film "Leviathan" builds. SOUNDBITE: Andrey Zvyagintsev, director, saying (Russian): "So you go into production, you make a film, you go into the last period and you feel so releaved and then the unpleasant part begins." The movie tells the story of political corruption, love and tragedy as the lead character fights the government from illegally taking his home, business and land. As the film prepares for its U.S. debut the film maker hopes American audiences will see the universal message. SOUNDBITE: Andrey Zvyagintsev, director, saying (Russian): "American audiences will view it as a story that happens somewhere out there no matter how universal it is. But I think a Russian audience will watch it as hopefully a universal story but also it is the story of their everyday life." Since the film's release it has won the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival and was part of the official selections at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. And early this year the movie was named Russia's official selection for the 87th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - which is something Zvyagintsev is taking in stride. SOUNDBITE: Andrey Zvyagintsev, director, saying (Russian): "I give everything into the hands of fate. So if it happens it happens, if it doesn't it won't." "Leviathan" is set for release in the U.S. on December 31st.

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Oscar calls on "Leviathan"

Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 01:43