This is part of a Andrey Zvyagintsev retropsective at the ICAand will be followed by a Q&A with the director, introduced by Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw.Full details here.
Chicago Reader: On the page, this might sound like a straightforward condemnation of
Putin's Russia: a stoic family man tries to stop the seizure of his
coastal property by the wealthy mayor, thereby rousing the combined
wrath of government officials, law enforcement, and the Orthodox Church.
Yet director Andrey Zvyagintsev renders this story strange by
presenting it as the stuff of biblical allegory, invoking the
perspective of an angry God with imposing landscape shots and a tone of
preternatural dread. (Zvyagintsev makes his intentions explicit when one
character likens the hero to a modern-day Job.) As in their previous
feature, Elena, Zvyagintsev and cowriter Oleg Negin modulate
their social critique with sharp, ironic humor; the mayor, in
particular, is an inspired satirical creation, at once a spiteful
monster and a graceless buffoon. In Russian with subtitles. Ben Sachs