|25.02. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 1|
Through testimonies from Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and the current Russian president himself, Vitaly Mansky tells the story of how Putin rose to power and has held his position for nearly two decades. On New Year's Eve 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin surprised the world by announcing that he was stepping down and turning the office over to the country's newly appointed Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. The transition called for Putin to serve as acting President until a special election was held three months later. He refrained from the usual campaign tactics of running television commercials or debating his opponents. Instead, his team hired filmmaker Vitaly Mansky to follow Putin in office for a television documentary. Now Mansky returns to the intimate footage he shot inside Putin's circle over the course of the year 2000 to bring a new perspective on the leader who has played a crucial role in global politics ever since.
Vitaly Mansky was born in 1963 in Lviv, Ukraine. He moved to Russia, where he lived during the breakup of the Soviet Union, today he resides in Latvia. He is the founder of Russian documentary festival Artdocfest. As a filmmaker, he is known for the award-winning documentary features: Close Relations (2016), Under the Sun (2015), Pipeline (2013), Motherland or Death (2011). Many of his films were screened at ZagrebDox programs with Pipeline winning the Movies That Matter Award. Putin’s Witnesses (2018) is his latest film.
Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic
Natalya Manskaya, Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák, Gabriela Bussmann
Studio Vertov, Golden Egg Production, Hypermarket Film
Festivals & Awards:
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018 – Best Documentary; Camden International Film Festival 2018 – Harrell Award, Special Mention; Stockholm Film Festival 2018 – Bronze Horse Best Documentary; IDFA 2018; Toronto International Film Festival 2018; DOK Leipzig 2018; BFI London Film Festival 2018; Cork Film Festival 2018; Riga International Film Festival 2018; Film Fest Gent 2018; Brisbane International Film Festival 2018; Adelaide Film Festival 2018
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