Director Frank Capra’s inspiring classic balances pathos and joy in the tale of distraught George Bailey (James Stewart at his finest), who is about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve - until helpful, elderly angel Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him how his death would affect those around him.
Crafted with novelistic detail and rich with allegory, this dark and ambitious film explores big ideas through intimate drama like the best work of Tarkovsky (though at a more accessible pace and leavened with humor). 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. Best Screenplay winner at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. “Huge monsters of the deep move under the surface of this powerful, craftily allusive and elusive film, the director’s best and most courageous so far.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter. In Russian with English subtitles.
Hear from LEVIATHAN director Andrey Zvyagintsev at the Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominees Panel Discussion on January 10 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, a free event!