Andrei Zviaguintsev’s “Leviathan” is premiering Friday in Cannes after earning some of the best reviews of the festival for its tale of a Job-like family man stripped of his seaside home by the crooked mayor of a small North Russia town. He’s offered less than a fifth of its value, harassed by local authorities and given mere lip service by the courts. In the mayor’s office, a portrait of Putin looms overhead.
But while some wished to label “Leviathan” an artistically crafted indictment of contemporary Russia, director Zviaguintsev disputed such a reading. He said he was initially inspired by a story about a Colorado man who went on a rampage after being evicted.