Our annual series of the Golden Globe nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film begins with Russia's LEVIATHAN. In a small coastal town in northern Russia, a corrupt mayor (Roman Madyanov) tries to confiscate the home of a man (Alexey Serebryakov) who suffers the trials of Job when he resists.
While visiting family before taking the vows to become a nun, shy Anna is shocked to learn that her birth name is Ida Lebenstein, and that her parents were killed during WWII. With her hard-nosed aunt, she sets out to find their graves – a journey that takes them through Poland’s painful past to the doorsteps of their futures. Director Pawel Pawlikowski appears in person with this Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominee from Poland/Denmark.
Ronit Elkabetz stars (and co-directs) in this riveting drama following the five-year struggle of Viviane Amsalem to break from her loveless marriage, and joins us for a discussion along with co-director Shlomi Elkabetz.
From Sweden, this perceptive, funny and ultimately moving look at family dynamics in a crisis picked up the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Director Ruben Östlund will introduce the screening.