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The Trial - The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov
Archived: The Trial - The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017)

director: Askold Kurov

composer: Sorin Apostol
With: Oleg Sentsov, Vladimir Putin, Agnieszka Holland, a.o.

duration: 75 minutes
Documentary, Political

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August 2015, a courtroom in Rostov-on-Don. A man is peering through the bars of his cage, his eyes reveal that his nerves are about to snap. Today he will be handed down a sentence to which he must submit: 20 years' imprisonment in Siberia for terrorism. The man is Oleg Sentsov, a film director and Maidan activist born in Simferopol in the Ukraine. He is charged with leading an anti-Russian terrorist movement and having planned attacks on bridges, power lines and a monument of Lenin. Sentsov defends himself, courageously and without flinching. He responds to the verdict with an emphatic denial of his crimes and instead accuses the accusers themselves ...
In his documentary Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind this political show trial. Were the witnesses for the prosecution placed under duress? What effect did detention and the trial itself have on the accused and his family? The film also documents the solidarity shown to Sentsov by filmmaking colleagues such as Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar, and by the European Film Academy, which is beginning its 30th anniversary with this screening in order to campaign once more for Oleg Sentsov's release.

"Askold Kurov explores the case of accused Russian terrorist Oleg Sentsov in his timely documentary. This is not a film that you watch for the style, unless bluntness is your aesthetic. But the details in this intrigue are fascinating." (Screen Daily)


director: Askold Kurov
composer: Sorin Apostol
producer: Max Tuula, Maria Gavrilova
Editor: Michał Leszczyłowski
Cinematography: Askold Kurov

production company: Marx Film

More info

dialogue: Russian, Ukrainian, English
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Estonia - Poland - Czech Republic
year: 2017

Official site


ASKOLD KUROV (1974): September, 25 (2010), Zima, ukhodi! (2012), Leninland (2013), Deti 404 (2014), Children 404 (2014), The Trial - The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017).

Technical Specs

format: DCP


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