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.
“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.
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)
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Competition|
|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|
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