RadiniekiFamilienbande / Rodnye (Close Relations)

Competition Documentaries, Latvia / Germany / Estonia / Ukraine 2016, 112 Min., russ., ukrain. OV, engl. st

Lviv in western Ukraine used to be considered a cosmopolitan, European city that was, however, clearly located in the Soviet Union. Vitaly Mansky grew up there before moving to Moscow to study film. Then the Soviet Union broke up. Mansky became a Russian, while his mother and many of his relatives remained in Ukraine. More than 20 years later, after the Euromaidan protests, Ukraine was thrown into crisis and Russia annexed Crimea. During the unrest, Mansky began visiting his family. He travelled to Lviv and Odessa, to the Crimean Peninsula and to the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk. He trained his camera on his mother, his sister and many of his other relatives. The conversations soon become highly politicised. This is a very personal film about Ukraine during a year of unrest that would also change Russia.

Director Vitaly Mansky

Screenplay Vitaly Mansky


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