Leviathan: politics, religion, and vodka (lots)

Leviathan, the latest film from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, opens with waves beating upon a barren shore where rocks as old as the earth face an implacable, slate-grey sea. Tracking inland across barren wastes to an insistent Phillip Glass score, the camera encounters signs of human imprint on this unforgiving landscape: power lines, the hulks of wrecked and abandoned … Continue reading Leviathan: politics, religion, and vodka (lots)

Winter Sleep: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Chekhovian morality tale

Haluk Bilginer as Aydin in Winter Sleep The latest film from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is Winter Sleep.  Earlier this year the film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes (his fourth award there). For us, a new offering from Ceylan, arguably the greatest director working currently, must be seen, whatever the circumstances.  At three and a … Continue reading Winter Sleep: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Chekhovian morality tale