Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014). The director of Elena finds a world located in a seaside town, where corruption exists on many levels. There’s an impressive bleached skeleton of a great whale that figures in a couple of moments – this is a Russian film – and many fine-tuned scenes showing how systems and families operate.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014). Vampire picture from an Iranian-American director. And it’s black-and-white. Lots of early-Jarmusch feel, and a nice blend of the real and the completely artificial. It will surely not be shown in Iran.
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