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jack mosevichFantastic work! Do you plan a sequel?
Marco De LucaYour movies never fail to impress me. Leviathan is one of my all time favorite movie experiences.
Warmest regards from Switzerland
There are so many messages to you with compliments, that there is no point for me to repeat all. But still I want to thank you for your art, which brings us such a pleasure in sense of cinematography, not to say about how many thoughts, debates it provokes. I'm Russian myself, but I've never seen this kind of Russia. I was guessing it exists somewhere. But most important for me, that you showed "leviathan" as I understand. Even it could be summary of few factors. Because different people understand differently and see who is Leviathan differently. I think you're very brave man. I talked today to my teacher of Italian and found out that she watched your movies twice. She loves it. For her it's not depressing. Congratulations!
tim katzenbergeri`ve seen levithian last 5 Weekends each time and"everything will be fine"once and once in"3D"...thanks for your great work which opens eyes for worldwide reality and forget other movies!
Marcus MaherHi Andrey
Ever since I saw 'The Return' I knew then here was a director of great standing. The film itself is a masterpiece only eclipsed by Tarkovsky or an Elim Klimov, the subtle and the sublime Andrey makes the work almost ephereal, at times I thought the father was a spirit sent back to test the boys-to ask questions and resolve the pain of absence, a journey into how you can lose that which you never had, but cherish the small moments, the boys get a glimpse of love and it is fleeting. Andrey I would love you to talk to you about such themes, maybe soon we will-hopefully we'll cross paths and I am thinking of you for my Irish epic, because this is the cinema (Elena/Leviathan) the world needs, truthful, honest storytelling, with heart and meaning, take care Andrey.
R.M.Dear Andrey, I viewed LEVIATHAN a few months ago; and saw ELENA last night - it's haunting. I enjoyed both films for a variety of reasons. I'm very impressed with your work addressing the fragile, complicated aspects of the human condition with such truthfulness. It's incredibly perceptive and poignant work. The world needs more story tellers like you - I hope that our work paths cross in the future! You have a very bright road ahead. All my best! Xx
AM Khan YazdaniHello Mr. Andrey Zvyagintsev,
Last night I have watched your movie ‘Leviathan’. It was so beautifully portrayed on the celluloid. I have been carried out with the characters of Kolya and Lilia and they are still haunting me. I have no words to express my emotions.
Though your story is set up in Russia, the confrontation it dealt with has a universal appeal. In India, where I am from, a stormy resentment is being brewing against the recently promulgated Land Acquisition Ordinance. Its antipathy towards farmers will lead to miseries of numerous Kolyas and Lilias in nearest future. [...]
LyudmilaThe film "Leviathan" is great and precious for me as it depicts the life in most Russian far away places which I know well. Thank you for the waves and roaring the theme. Although the translation for Hollywood might have been done better.
Lalit RaoHello Mr.Zvyagintsev,
I remember watching your first film "The Return" during a film festival in Kerala, India. The cinema hall was full and there was no place to sit. This did not deter some passionate cinema enthusiasts like me who stood for 105 minutes. It is not easy to watch a film especially as a spectator who is standing. However, "The Return" proved to be such a great cinematographic experience that some viewers did not mind standing to watch your film. To my mind, this is how a film should be.I t should grab the viewers' attention to such an extent that he/she does not mind standing to watch a film.
Film critic (FIPRESCI)
Francis Leo Hogan, IIII just saw Leviathan in New York City last night and it blew my mind. I am 71 and it's one of the best films I've ever seen in my life. I rank it, for myself that is, along with the classics of Lawrence of Arabia, Out of Africa, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, A Man and A Woman, Key Largo, Timbuktu, and others. I am sooo happy I discovered you, Mr. Zvyaginstev. I'm a New York City Public School teacher of ESL to adults in The Bronx....Thank you again for making Leviathan...
Francis Leo Hogan, III