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Oscar Nominee 'Leviathan' Stirs Controversy in Russia

  • Daniel Schearf

Oscar nominee "Leviathan", which won the first Golden Globe for Russia since 1969, has caused some controversy at home. Its dark depiction of Russian life centers on the issue of official corruption and abuse of power in a small town. It also stereotypes Russians. The Ministry of Culture, which helped fund the film, has declared such “negative” films will never again receive official support. VOA spoke with the director of the film, Andrey Zvyagintsev, as Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.