Vitali MANSKY
Виталий МАНСКИЙ
Vitali MANSKI
2018, 102mn 
documentary
Putin's Witnesses
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Свидетели Путина

 

 Poutine : l’irrésistible ascension

 Svidetreli Putina

 
Directed by : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Cinematography : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Produced by : Natalia MANSKAYA (Наталья МАНСКАЯ)
Other persons :
Producteurs : Gabriela Bussmann, Вит Клусак / Vít Klusák
Musique : Karlis Auzans
Montage : Gunta Ikere
Production : 1. Èeská Televize 2. ARTE LLC 3. GoldenEggProduction 4. Hypermarket Film 5. Литовское телевидение 6. Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) 7. SRG - SSR 8. Vertov SIA 9. Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
 

Awards :
First prize FIPADOC, Biarritz (France), 2019

Plot synopsis
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.
Karel Och
http://www.kviff.com/
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Putin’s Witnesses, dans les coulisses de l’opération “Successeur”, Vincent PENNINCKX, lesuricate.org, 2020
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- International Millenium Festival, Brussels (Belgium), 2020
- International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World, Prague (Czech Republic), 2019
- DOC-CÉVENNES - Festival international du documentaire en Cévennes, Different cities (France), 2019
- FIPADOC, Biarritz (France), 2019
- Istanbul International Film Festival, Istanbul (Turkey), 2019
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2018
- The Times BFI London Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2018