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Putin's Witnesses
Archived: Putin's Witnesses - Svideteli Putina (2018)

director: Vitaly Mansky

composer: Karlis Auzans
With: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vitaly Mansky, a.o.

duration: 102 minutes
Documentary, Political

Official Selection - Global Cinema

"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 Vitaly Mansky'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 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." (KVIFF)

"It remains one of the most troubling mysteries of the modern era: how Vladimir Putin rose from obscurity to become the president of Russia. A remarkable documentary, using intimate footage of the Russian president, which has never been seen before, provides tantalising answers to this and other questions." (The Times) 


director: Vitaly Mansky
composer: Karlis Auzans
producer: Gabriela Bussmann, Vít Klusák, Natalia Manskaya, Filip Remunda
screenplay: Vitaly Mansky
Editor: Gunta Ikere
Cinematography: Vitaly Mansky
sound: Anrijs Krenbergs

production company: Vertov Sia

More info

dialogue: Russian
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Latvia - Switzerland - Czech Republic - Germany
year: 2018


VITALY MANSKY: Jewish Happiness (1990), Chastnye kroniki. Monolog (1999), Broadway. Black Sea (2002), Anatomy of T.A.T.U. (2003), Gagarin's Pioneers (2005), Tender's Heat: Wild Wild Beach (2007), Devstvennost (2008), Rassvet/Zakat. Dalai Lama 14 (2008), Motherland or Death (2011), Pipeline (2013), The Eternal Light (2014), Under the Sun (2015), Close Relations (2016), Putin's Witnesses (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP


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