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Rodnye (Close Relations)

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21 March, 20:30, Cinema Elvire Popesco

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizorului Vitaly Mansky

22 March, 20:30, Cinemateca Eforie

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizorului Vitaly Mansky


Director Vitaly Mansky (previously at One World Romania IHRDF with Under the Sun) goes back home to search for the lost answer to an old question: what does it mean to be Ukrainian? Originally Poles from Lithuania, Mansky’s family appear to have become Ukrainian out of sheer stubbornness. Mansky himself is a Russian citizen, though by accident of history: he happened to be in Moscow when the Soviet Union fell apart. Now, in the post-Maidan era, he rediscovers his family, scattered between Lviv, Odessa, and Sebastopol in Crimea and more fractured than ever. Filming in his characteristically stylized and absurdly comic manner, Mansky chronicles a triple tragedy: the tragedy of Russian and Soviet imperialism, the tragedy of Ukraine, and the tragedy of a personal, intimate universe torn apart by history.

awards and festivals

2017: Visions du Réel

2017: Trieste IFF - Cultural Resistance Award

2017: Crossing Europe IFF – Best Documentary

2016: Karlovy Vary IFF - Best Documentary Award

2016: Toronto IFF

2016: DOK Leipzig 2016

2016: IDFA