Rodnye - Close Relation

a film by Vitaly Mansky

Rodnye - Close Relation

2015 | 112:00 min

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Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore Ukrainian society after the Maidan revolution as mirrored within his own large Ukrainian family. They live scattered all across the country: in Lviv, Odessa, the separatist area in Donbass, and Sevastopol on Crimea. The film is looking for reasons of the conflict after which citizens of a single country found themselves on a different sides of barricades including director’s own family. The main narrative takes place in the here and now, starting with the turning point of ex-president Victor Yanukovych’s flight to Russia. But below the main narrative there is a strong historical undercurrent, because the lives of protagonists of the film are marked by history on every step they take. This undercurrent will carry information about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict’s deep roots in centuries of close ties between the two countries.
Karlovy Vary IFF 2016, Czech Republic
Odessa IFF 2016, Ukraine
Toronto IFF 2016, Canada
Batumi Art FF 2016, Georgia (Special Mention Int’l Doc Comp.)
Bergen IFF 2016, Norway
BFI London FF 2016, UK
Riga IFF 2016, Latvia (opening film)
Dok Leipzig 2016, Germany
IDFA Amsterdam 2016, Netherlands
Trieste IFF 2017, Italy
DocPoint IDF Helsinki 2017, Finland
Göteborg IFF 2017, Sweden
Cast and Crew
  • Director Vitaly Mansky
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