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City street could be named after triumphant Golden Globes director

By Anna Liesowska
16 January 2015

Andrey Zvyagintsev's movie success set to be honoured in his home town as officials say they are 'happy' to consider special award.

Andrey Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, and graduated from the Novosibirsk Theatre School, before going on to the GITIS (State Institute of Theatre Art) in Moscow. Picture: Kino-Teatr.ru

Renowned director Andrey Zvyagintsev could have a street named after him in his Siberian home city following his triumph at the Golden Globes. Officials in Novosibirsk are considering proposals to honour the success of their movie maker son in recognition of his award in Los Angeles last weekend.

Zvyagintsev's Leviathan collected Russia’s first Golden Globe in almost 50 years after being named the best foreign language film.

With a modern twist on the Book of Job, the gritty movie tells the story of a man who attempts to contradict a powerful and corrupt mayor in a Russian seaside town.

Vasily Kuzin, the Minister for Culture in the Novosibirsk region, said that officials are backing a move to rename a street in the city after the director, who was born there in 1964.

He said: 'This is a very good idea to note the merits of our countryman, a director who has glorified our city.'

Andrey Zvyagintsev


Andrey Zvyagintsev

The 50-year-old’s honour in Novosibirsk, and his Golden Globe, is particularly sweet for him given that there was much controversy in Russia surrounding the movie. Pictures: kleo.ru

Authorities in the city, the third largest in Russia, say they would be 'happy' to consider a proposal, if a group of residents put forward the proposal in a petition.

Novosibirsk Governor Vladimir Gorodetsky said: 'We should always glorify people such as this, and not only Zvyagintsev, but generally anyone who achieves some tangible results, to encourage others.'

Andrey Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, and graduated from the Novosibirsk Theatre School, before going on to the GITIS (State Institute of Theatre Art) in Moscow. 

The 50-year-old’s honour in Novosibirsk, and his Golden Globe, is particularly sweet for him given that there was much controversy in Russia surrounding the movie.

Sold to 70 countries worldwide, its Russian release was constantly delayed amid the furore, and because of laws banning profanities the film was edited for cinemas with all the swear words muted.

Zvyagintsev did manage to show off Leviathan in Novosibirsk in a closed gathering at the Pobeda cinema, and it will finally get its general release across Russia on February 5.

Leviathan is now one of the favourites to collect an Oscar, when the Academy Awards are held in Hollywood next month.

As well as the Golden Globe it also picked up the prestigious Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and the Best Foreign Language award at the Palm Springs Festival.

Speaking at the ceremony last weekend, Zvyagintsev said: 'Thank you, we are extremely happy. We are very grateful to the Hollywood Press and to the public. Thank you.' 

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