Vitali MANSKY
Виталий МАНСКИЙ
Vitali MANSKI
Russia, 2011, 99mn 
Colour, documentary
Patria o muerte / Motherland or Death
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Родина или смерть

 

 Patria o muerte

 Rodina ili smert

 
Directed by : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Cinematography : Leonid KONOVALOV (Леонид КОНОВАЛОВ), Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Produced by : Gennadi KOSTROV (Геннадий КОСТРОВ), Natalia MANSKAYA (Наталья МАНСКАЯ)
Production : VERTOV. Real Cinema Ltd., GENFILM Ltd.
Film revenue in Russia : 0.0045 million dollars
 

Awards :
Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics Diploma Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2011

Plot synopsis
What do we imagine when we hear Cuba? Especially someone who has never been on this island state in the Caribbean. Most likely, a cabriolet with a happy, blond young men in a coloured shirt and with a cocktail in his hands, amongst dancing mulatto, whose eyes reflect the boundless ocean. Of all this, only the ocean really exists, which separates the island from rest of the world. Perhaps there is no other country, where the difference between image and reality is as great as on Cuba. Over 50 years the state has lived with the slogan of the victorious revolution “Fatherland or Death”. For 50 years this slogan has posed an essential dilemma for generations of Cubans. This film is about those, who were born before the revolution and now approach the end of their lives: when it emerges that between “fatherland” and “death” stands an equal sign.
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Les 11 meilleurs films russes de 2011, La Russie d'aujourd'hui, 2012
Vitalii Manskii : Patria o muerte (Rodina ili smert'; 2011), Erin ALPERT, kinokultura.com, 2012
Vitalii Manskii : Patria o muerte (Rodina ili smert’, 2011), John RILEY, kinokultura.com, 2012
Виталий Манский: Я сделал некомфортное для просмотра кино, Larisa MALUKOVA, Interview, Novayagazeta.ru, 2011
Прямая речь: фрагменты пресс-конференций на "Кинотавре", Искусство кино, 8, 2011
Venceremos! Родина или смерть, режиссер Виталия Манского, Yelena STISHOVA, Искусство кино, 8, 2011
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World, Prague (Czech Republic), 2013
- Krakow Film Festival, Krakow (Poland), 2012
- Miami International Film Festival : MIFF, Miami (USA), 2012
- Rome Film Festival, Rome (Italy), 2011
- Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival : IDFA, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2011
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- International Film Festival : Pacific Meridians, Vladivostok (Russia), 2011
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2011
- International Human Rights Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Russian Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2011