category Agents of Change

V.O.

Russian

SUBTITLES

Romanian, English

PRODUCER

Marx Film

ORIGINAL TITLE

Srok

SYNOPSIS

If Russia could choose, it would have plenty of choice. Alexei Navalny, a 38-year old lawyer turned anti-corruption activist, is Putin’s most feared opponent. Charismatic and energetic, he is able to convene mass protests – a quality for which the Moscow regime ‘repayed’ him with an embezzlement charge. Ilya Yashin, a young and ambitious politician, is more of an inside opponent of Putin: his girlfriend, a famous TV anchor, comes from a family that is close to the regime and is often referred to as "Putin’s goddaughter". Supporting roles in this documentary are also given to Pussy Riot, right-wing extremists, and the diverse group of people who participated in the mass protests surrounding Putin’s re-election in 2012. The film started out as a web series by director of photography Pavel Kostomarov, journalist Alexey Pivovarov and theater writer-director Alexandr Rastorguev, whcih was abruptly halted by the intervention of security forces in the home of Pavel Kostomarov. The final edit mixes a vérité political thriller with propaganda images from the Russia Today television station and the very human story of the main protagonists.


The documentary has been "adopted" by ActiveWatch.

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2015 - Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Russia, Best Documentary

2014 - Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia

2014 - IDFA, Netherlands

2014 - Festival dei Popoli, Italy

2014 - DOK Leipzig, Germany

2014 - CPH:DOX, Denmark

2014 - Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Armenia

2014 - Torino Film Festival, Italy

2014 - DocLisboa, Portugal

2014 - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic

2014 - Cinéma du Réel, France