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    "Leviathan", a movie directed by Russian Andrei Zvyagintsev, has received the British Academy's award in the category "Best Foreign Language Film".

    LONDON, January 19 (Sputnik) – "Leviathan", a movie directed by Russian Andrei Zvyagintsev, has won the London critics award in the category "Best Foreign Language Film".

    The award ceremony took place on Sunday in London. "Leviathan" competed against "Two Days, One Night" directed by the Dardenne brothers Belgian filmmaking duo (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne), "Hibernation" by Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida".

    "Leviathan" has already won the best screenplay award at Cannes and brought Russia its first Golden Globe since 1969 from the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

    The film was nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign-language film category last week.

    Producer Alexander Rodnyansky (L) and director Andrey Zvyagintsev pose backstage with their award for Best Foreign Language Film for their film Leviathan at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California
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    Producer Alexander Rodnyansky (L) and director Andrey Zvyagintsev pose backstage with their award for Best Foreign Language Film for their film "Leviathan" at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California

    Earlier in January, the film was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award in the category "Best Film Not in the English Language in 2015".

    "Leviathan" tells a story of a man, Nikolai, who opposes the corrupt mayor of a coastal town in Russia when he learns that his house will be pulled down. Nikolai turns to his old friend for help but this only brings more trouble for him and his family.

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