Putin's Witnesses 15+, unless accompanied by an adult

Documentary | Feature
Director  Vitaly Mansky
Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland | 106 mins | 2018
Russian with English subtitles

South Australian Premiere

“riveting, incensed…not just a major, access-rich overview of recent history, but a compelling work of personal self-reckoning” (Variety)

New Year’s Eve 1999 ushered in not just a new millennium but also the presidency of Vladimir Putin. Almost two decades later he is still there, though many of those in his initial entourage are in opposition to him and/or dead. Vitaly Mansky numbers himself among Putin’s early supporters; as head of documentary for Russian state television, he was tasked with making an observational film to underpin Putin’s first bid for election. With close personal access to the new leader and also to Boris Yeltsin, the man who put him there, Mansky gives a closely considered and understated, though no less damning for that, portrait of Putin as the new prince, the man building a fresh tyranny on the ashes of the old. One man’s journey to totalitarian rule is another man’s journey into personal disillusion.

“Extraordinarily revealing…the fact that the main protagonists seem willing to engage with Mansky on such a personal level seems astounding.” (Screen International)

Director Vitaly Mansky | Producer Natalia Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda, Vit Klusak | Cinematographer Archival Material | Editor Gunta Ikere | Composer Karlis Auzans | Distributor Deckert Distribution


GU Film House Adelaide
Mon 15/10
8:30 PM - 10:22 PM
Putin's Witnesses (112 mins)

GU Film House Adelaide
Fri 19/10
12:30 PM - 2:19 PM
Putin's Witnesses (109 mins)