Archive of films Pipeline / Truba

Russia / Germany / Czech Republic
2013, 116 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2013

Director Vitaly Manskiy sets off on the trail of the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline to find out what it’s like for ordinary people living in its vicinity. This visually refined road movie, eloquently illustrating the absurd banality of modern Russia, is also an unsettling portrait of a gas line on which most of Europe is reliant.


According to a claim made by Vladimir Putin, half of Russia’s state budget comes from the oil and gas industry. In the case of natural gas, construction of the Trans-Siberian pipeline became a fundamental milestone when, in 1983, it connected supplies of natural gas in Western Siberia with European consumers. Renowned Ukrainian documentarist Vitaly Manskiy sets off along the route of the pipeline to find out what it’s like for ordinary people living in its vicinity. The catch from a frozen Siberian river full of dead fish, a wedding in a dilapidated prefab building in Khabarovsk, an Orthodox mass in a disused train car, a discarded washing machine used as a doghouse, and the invocation of communist ideals due to dissatisfaction with contemporary conditions and the fear of an uncertain future – all this eloquently illustrates the often absurd banality of contemporary Russia. This visually refined road movie is an unsettling portrait of the legendary Trans-Siberian gas pipeline on which most of Europe is still reliant.

About the director

Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Manskiy (b. 1963, Lvov) graduated in camerawork from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1990. After making his first movie in 1989, he has gone on to create more than 30 films that have been screened at hundreds of world festivals. He has received over 50 prizes for his film work, including a Silver Dove at the Leipzig festival and Best Direction at Locarno. He was also four times nominated for a prestigious Nika award. Since 1996 he has been working on a project aimed at archiving amateur movies from 1930 to 1990 in order to preserve a record of life in the former USSR. Selected filmography: Yevreyskoe schastye (1991), Private chronicles. Monologue (1998), Putin. The Leap Year (2001), Anatomiya T.A.T.U. (2003), Virginity (2008), Sunrise/Sunset (2008), Dalai Lama 14 (2008), Nikolina Gora. Epilogue (2009), Motherland or Death (2011).


Hypermarket Film s.r.o.
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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Vitaly Mansky
Screenplay: Vitaly Manskiy
Dir. of Photography: Alexandra Ivanova
Editor: Pavel Mendel - Ponamarev
Producer: Vitaly Manskiy, Natalia Manskaya
Production: Vertov Studio
Contact: Hypermarket Film s.r.o., Deckert Distribution


Tereza Horská


Vitaly Mansky

Festival Organizer, Film Director, Producer

Natalia Manskaia


Peter Kerekes

Film Director

Filip Remunda

Film Director, Producer

Heino Deckert

Distributor, Producer, Sales Agent


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