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Andrei HaukHello Andrei,
Thank you for your new great work, ‘Leviathan’. Also, I’m very glad that the film has won a few awards. However, when I was watching the film, being an English-Russian speaker, I couldn’t help of noticing a considerable deviation in English subtitles from the Russian original script. That is not to say, that the translation is completely inadequate. Somehow it lacks accuracy. It is basically an approximate translation. I understand that sometimes there’s no other choice than translate a bit farther from the original. But this is not a case in this instance. The English translation simply distorts the original for no reason in most of the script I don’t know how this happened, since there are many professional translators in Russia and in the world for that matter. Sorry if I’ve come up as harsh. But it is what it is.
Better luck next time,
Peter AyolovDear Andrey, Thank you for Leviathan ,this is a brave and honest movie.(as always with you) There aren't many honest people outside the global ideological network. Please, keep on working. I can not imagine what your next movie will be after these four masterpieces... In the Bible, there is another monster Behemoth, as well as second book from Thomas Hobbes:Behemoth: the history of the causes of the civil wars of England.We are living today in the time of terrible wars, one of it in Ukraine and worrying about "freedom of speech". But this is problem from Leviathan, war is the kingdom of Behemoth. Do we need to expect another monster movie from Zvyagintsev called "Бегемот"?
All teh best
Peter from Bulgaria
Heike-MariaCongratulations for your Golden Globes WIN! All your fans are so happy, and are wishing you luck for an Oscar!!!
DeaDear Andrey, I am not even sure if you really read comments here, but I am still leaving a comment hoping for the chance that it will be read. Or just in sake of writing it. I am an aspiring film director - with only one short film in my filmography. Being on a long path of hard labor in order to create something worth watching and sharing with audience, I go back to your films over and over again. Perhaps, as an escape from the harsh reality of whatever is happening in film nowadays. Just want to thank you for doing what you do, for making films that you make. I wish to see Leviathan soon and hope that it will be distributed in US. With best regards, Dea
gautham venkateshawarnas s filmmaker, whenever i go behind the camera for filming.. your film "the return" comes to mind gautham venkateshwaran. filmmaker
RitterA simple message of admiration and thanks for your film "Elena" which I rented. My only two comments were that the hooligan scene at the end seemed unnecessary, as did the scene in the church [although much less so] and took away from an otherwise seamless and beautiful film. The cinematography, general timing and use of silence make this most creative - as does my predilection for things Russian.
Thank you again.
Please work hard to release Leviathan in the US as soon as possible. I watched The Return for the first time with my father (who I had a very bad relationship with growing up)and neither of us knew what it was going to be about. We were both stunned and moved. I force-feed your films to my friends and most of the time they like them. Again, please release Leviathan in the US--I'm dying to see it!
Tatiana SadovskaI'm very proud that someone, like Andrey, can reach and carry on deepest truth:
as a filmmaker, as a actor, as a screenwriter, as a Human of the Planet Earth, who got mission to share Art of Love for harmony, happiness and peace.
TATIANA SADOVSKA (fellow student)
Pedro SilvaMr. Zvyagintsev, I want to thank you for putting out movies like very few people do it nowadays. In an industry that has very little time (or money) for movies that don't seek success on the box office, it is refreshing to watch your films.
I am a fan of Russian Culture and became after reading for the first time Crime & Punishment. After reading most of Dostoyevsky's books, going through Tchekhov's, Turgueniev's, Gogol's, Solzhenitsin's and other writers works I finally started comprehending some of the Russian soul. After listening to Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos and Bortniansky's Choral Concertos, I got a deeper understanding of Russian identity. Finally, after watching the movies from Tarkovsky, Sokhurov, German and you, I feel I have a quite good understanding of the Russian Nature. And I worship, in every sense.
Hope you continue to produce fantastic movies, such as Vozvrashchenie, Izgnanie and Elena, and I'm very eager to watch Leviathan.
Kindest regards, from Portugal.
Vitor BarreiraDear Mr. Andrey Zvyagintsev, you are, probably, in the present time, my favourite filmmaker, not only in Russia (although I also like A. Sokurov, Boris Khlebnikov and Aleksei Popogrebsky) but also, in more broader sense, in Europe or within the Western World; I have all your feature films on DVD format – The Return (2003), The Banishment (2007), and Elena (2011) – and I am sure that they are masterpieces in their own right, even the Banishment, a film that was not well received by film critics in various newspapers, namely in the anglo-saxon space; I have no doubts about the creativity, aesthetic value and the superior craftsmanship of you as a film director and your team, namely the cinematographer Mikhail Krichman, and it would be nice if your new film, Leviathan, which was included in the main section of the 67th edition of Cannes Film Festival, would win the Palme d'Or. But even if Leviathan doesn't win that prestigious prize, or any other prize, which is not likely, you and your team will be not diminished; for me your value and the value of your team don’t depend on prizes granted by film festivals, your value are embedded in your films, which I like and which give me true cinematographic pleasure watching them. I am expecting to see Leviathan soon in the cinemas, and afterwards to buy it on the DVD format. Vitor Barreira, Lisboa, Portugal ***