Archive of films Close Relations / Rodnye

Germany / Latvia / Estonia / Ukraine
2016, 112 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition

“I became a Russian citizen simply because I happened to live in Moscow when the Soviet Union broke apart,” says the celebrated Ukrainian documentarist. A few decades later his family in Ukraine face the dramatic consequences of further turbulent change, and their fresh experience of the revolution shows us that the media presentation of the country’s East-West dichotomy is deeply flawed.


Synopsis

“I was born in 1963 in the city of Lviv, Ukraine, where I grew up. I moved to Moscow to study; it was still the Soviet Union in those days. My career as a director was just getting started when the USSR broke up. I became a Russian citizen simply because I happened to be living in Moscow at the time,” says celebrated Ukrainian documentarist Vitaly Mansky. A few decades later his family in Ukraine face the dramatic consequences of further turbulent change, finding themselves on opposite sides of the Ukrainian barricades. Mansky thus sets off in the wake of the Maidan revolution along a trail through the still scorched earth of his native country. His extended family becomes the vehicle for a precise and profound analysis of a region of disparate views; they also demonstrate that the media presentation of the country’s East-West dichotomy is deeply flawed, ignorant of the real standpoint of the Ukrainians, whether they live near the Polish border, in the seaport of Odessa, or in Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Vitaly Mansky (b. 1963, Lviv, USSR) studied cinematography at Moscow’s VGIK (1990). He began making films in the late 1980s and, since then, he has won over fifty awards during his career, including a Silver Dove at the Leipzig festival (Cuts of Another War) and Best Feature-Length Documentary Film at Karlovy Vary (Pipeline). He is the publisher of the oldest internet documentary film magazine and the author of the manifesto Reality Cinema. He has been president of the Artdokfest film festival in Moscow since 2006. Selected filmography: Jewish Happiness (1991), Private Chronicles. Monologue (1998), Vladimir Putin. The Leap Year (2001), Anatomy of t.A.T.u. (2003), Virginity (2008), Sunrise/Sunset. Dalai Lama 14 (2008), Nikolina Gora. Epilogue (2009), Motherland or Death (2011), Pipeline (2013), Under the Sun (2015)

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About the film

COLOR, DCP
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: Vitaly Mansky
Dir. of Photography: Alexandra Ivanova
Music: Harmo Kallaste, Mikael Tariverdiev
Editor: Peteris Kimelis, Gunta Ikere
Producer: Simone Baumann, Guntis Trekteris, Natalya Manskaya, Marianna Kaat
Production: Saxonia Entertainment, Ego Media, Vertov. Real Cinema, Baltic Film Production
Coproduction: 435 Films
Sales: Deckert Distribution

Guests

Vitaly Mansky

Festival Organizer, Film Director, Producer

Anna Palenchuk

Producer


Guntis Trekteris

Producer

Marianna Kaat

Producer


Viktoriia Shpiakina

Protagonist

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