Leviathan. Russia (2014). Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev / Screenplay by Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin / Cinematography by Mikhail Krichman / Edited by Anna Mass / Production design by Andrey Ponkratov. Starring Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenko, Roman Madyanov, Sergei Pokhodaev.
In Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (2014), the injustice of corruption is forced upon us in a drama with no easy answers and in a narrative which , on the face of it, fails to console, however much we might yearn for redress. As the Leviathan is let loose on humanity, however, there may be a way to survive it.
A Girl at My Door (Dohui-ya). South Korea (2014). Written and directed by July Jung / Cinematography by Hyun Seok Kim / Edited by Young-lim Lee. Starring Doona Bae / Sae-ron Kim, Song Sae-byeok, Kim Jin-gu.
The pint-sized Chichester International Film Festival consistently punches above its weight, among other riches in its twenty-fourth year, three outstanding police and detective thrillers from 2014, all of which go well beyond the merely procedural. Alberto Rodriguez’ Marshland puts a murder investigation in a moody landscape with a backstory from the Franco era; in Ramil Salakhutdinov’s A White White Night, a detective’s missing-person search in St Petersburg is constantly diverted by tales of the city; and in July Jung’s expressive A Girl at My Door, procedure has all but disappeared, replaced in this South Korean story by a mercurial relationship between a disgraced policewoman and an abused teenager in a forlorn fishing town.