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Religions 2016, 7(7), 82; doi:10.3390/rel7070082

Sensing and Longing for God in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return and Leviathan

Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, Kiev 04075, Kvitka Tsisyk 57, Ukraine
Academic Editor: Joseph Kickasola
Received: 22 March 2016 / Revised: 13 June 2016 / Accepted: 16 June 2016 / Published: 25 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Film and Lived Theology)
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This article explores apophatic ways of presenting God (the Other) in two films of Andrey Zvyagintsev. The lens for this analysis is the phenomenological theology of John Panteleimon Manoussakis, using the following concepts: (1) God as personal Other; (2) the relational nature of God’s self-disclosure through prosopon; (3) God as revealed in space/sight; (4) God as revealed in hearing/time; and (5) God as revealed in touch/self-understanding. This analysis, pursued through close examination of Zvyagintsev’s The Return (2003) and Leviathan (2014), demonstrates the relevance of Manoussakis’s theology to the study of religion and film, particularly in its sensual and experiential themes and emphases. View Full-Text
Keywords: icons; relationships; absence; theological aesthetics; interpersonal relations; theophany icons; relationships; absence; theological aesthetics; interpersonal relations; theophany
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Kondyuk, D. Sensing and Longing for God in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return and Leviathan. Religions 2016, 7, 82.

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