Film screening and debate

Thursday 17 May 2018, 18:30 - 21:00



Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

In a Russian coastal town, a fisherman is forced to fight a corrupt mayor who tries to seize possession of his ancestral home to erect a modern real estate complex. Leviathan is the tale of friendship, betrayal and hopelessness which casts a harsh light on the role of the church in an atomized society.  This compellingly told, stunningly shot drama was a prize winner at Cannes and Russia’s nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.  It was later scorned by Russian officials and Orthodox Church activists but their attempts to ban the film in Russia remained unsuccessful.

Leviathan (2014, 140 minutes, in Russian with English subtitles) will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Carmelo Laganà, Deputy Head of Geneva Office and Project Manager in Foreign Trade, Economiesuisse
  • Nataliya Tchermalykh, PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute, Geneva 
  • Fuad Zarbiyev, Assistant Professor in International Law, The Graduate Institute, Geneva (Moderator)

Entry is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


"Leviathan - a new Russian masterpiece " – The Guardian