Archive of films Putin’s Witnesses / Svideteli Putina
Latvia / Switzerland / Czech Republic
2018, 102 min
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
On December 31, 1999 Vladimir Putin ascended to the president’s chair in Russia. In his latest picture renowned documentarist Vitaly Mansky draws on witness accounts of the events that happened in the years following that fateful day. He then rounds it out with his own fascinating perspective and with the longtime unique experience of a man whom only a movie camera separated from upper echelon politics.
Let’s go back to the last day of 1999 when the former head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, ascended to the Russian presidency. The renowned documentarist’s new movie presents other protagonists as well, including Mikhail Gorbachev, but also Boris Yeltsin, who chose the ambitious 47-year-old politician as his successor. Ukrainian-born Vitaly Mansky based his film on witness accounts of the events that happened in the years following that fateful day in December, perhaps the most important moment in 21st century Russian history. The director rounds these out with his own fascinating perspective and with the unique, long-standing experience of a man whom only a movie camera separated from the upper echelons of power.
About the director
Vitaly Mansky (b. 1963, Lviv, Ukraine, USSR). Selected filmography: Yevreyskoe schaste (1991), Putin. Leap Year (2001), Anatomy of t.A.T.u. (2003), Virginity (2008), Dawn/Sunset. Dalai Lama 14, (2008), Patria o muerte (2011), Pipeline (2013), Under the Sun (2015), Close Relations, (2016), Putin’s Witnesses (2018)
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Competition|
|Coproduction:||Golden Egg Production, Hypermarket Film|
Festival Organizer, Film Director, Producer