Vitaly Mansky
Putin's Witnesses
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Putin's Witnesses

Vitaly Mansky

Putin's Witnesses

On December 31st 1999, Russia was acquainted with its new and current president, Vladimir Putin.

2018
102 min.
Latvia, Switzerland and Czechia
Russian
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Projeccions

Vitaly Mansky
Putin's Witnesses
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Datasheet

Show
Direction
Vitaly Mansky
Sound
Anrijs Krenbergs
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Production
Natalia Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Co-production
Studio Vertov, Golden Egg Production, Hypermarket Film
Edition
Gunta Ikere
Music
Karlis Auzans
Synopsis

On December 31st 1999, Russia was acquainted with its new and current president, Vladimir Putin. Through personal archive material and unique witnesses very close to one of today’s most controversial political leaders, Vitaly Mansky reveals the true causes and consequences of the “Operation Successor”, the political plot that put Putin in power.

To overcome a serious and advanced illness, it is necessary to make a diagnosis and study the history of this illness. This was the filmmaker’s logic when he conceived a film about the events after the unexpected resignation of President Boris Yeltsin and the start of “Operation Successor”;. Protagonists such as Mikhail Gorbatxov, Boris Ieltsin and Vladimir Putin himself, reveal their rise to power and the actors that made it possible. Vitaly Mansky wants his documentary to be a testimony, not only for Russian society, a silent testimony of its own destiny, but also for other countries in the process of losing their freedoms.

About the direction
Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Mansky

Director and producer

Vitaly Mansky graduated from VGIK - All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography in 1989 and became...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2019
Panorama · DocsBarcelona Festival
Edició 2019
2020
Docs del Mes · January
Edició 2020

Awards and festivals

Best International Documentary · FipaDoc
Biarritz, 2019
Best Documentary · Karlovy Vary IFF
Czech Republic, 2018
Best International Documentary · Stockholm IFF
Sweden, 2016
IDFA
Netherlands, 2018
Toronto International Film Festival TIFF
Canada, 2018
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Reviews

A film laden with ominous clues for historians to study.

— Hollywood Reporter

Mansky keeps dwelling on the behavioural aspects of Putin himself, as if cracking his psychology would somehow reveal the nature of his dictatorial power.

— Cinema Scope

An extraordinarily revealing portrait of Vladimir Putin's ascension to power at the turn of the century.

— Screen International
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