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Vitaly Mansky

Ukraine

Biography

VITALY MANSKY was born in 1963 in Lvov. In the year 1982 he entered the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) (S.E. Medynskiy’s workroom). His first work in the world of cinematography appeared in 1989, and since that time he has shot more than 30 films. His works were presented at more than 400 international film festivals, among which we can site forums in Cannes, San-Sebastian, Rotterdam, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, Oberhausen, San-Francisco, Lokarno, Munich, Toronto, Montreal, Turin, Krakov, Rio de Janeiro, Yamagata, Lisbon and many others.

He was awarded with more than 50 awards and prizes in Russia and abroad that include "Silver dove" of Leipzig festival, the award for best direction (Lokarno), Prix court metrage vision du reel - Nyon, Golden Spire in San Francisco, Grand Prix of Huesca Film Festival, the "Prize of Europe" diploma, the prize at "New Europe" film festival, established by SAT Channel, Laurel Awards, The National award of cinema critics and press “Beliy Slon” (“White Elephant”); he was four times nominated for “Nika”. His films were not once shown on the leading channels in practically all European countries, as well as in Japan, Australia, China, Canada and other countries. Since 1996 Manskiy has been working on a project that aims at archivation of amateur private video files that were shot in the times of the former USSR from 30’s till 90’s of the ХХth century. Thus we have the unique archives of one and only films – evidences of the Soviet society’s private life.

Films produced by Manskiy were awarded with numerous awards, including the IDFA Prize in Amsterdam 2006, "TEFI" award, Grand Prix of the "Russia" film festival, Le Grand Prix du Cinema du Reel-Festival International Cinema du reel, Paris, France, "Silver Dove" at the international film festival in Leipzig, the “Laurel” awards.


Selected filmography:

“BUMERANG” 1988
“POST” 1990
“ETUDI O LJUBVI” (ETUDES ABOUT LOVE) 1990 -1995
“TELO LENINA” (LENIN’S BODY) 1991
“SREZKI OTSCHEREDNOJ WOJNI” (CUTS OF ANOTHER WAR) 1993
“BLAGODAT” (BLISS) 1995
“PRIVATE CHRONICLES. MONOLOGUE” 1999
“GORBACHEV. AFTER THE EMPIRE” 2000
“ELCIN. ANOTHER LIFE” 2001
“PUTIN. THE LEAP YEAR” 2001
“BROADWAY. THE BLACK SEA” 2002
“T.A.T.U.’S ANATOMY” 2003
“OUR HOMELAND” 2006
“VIRGINITY” 2008
“DAWN/SUNSET. DALAI LAMA 14” 2008
“NIKOLINA GORA. EPILOGUE” 2009
"MOTHERLAND OR DEATH" 2011
"PIPELINE" 2013
"UNDER THE SUN" (В лучах солнца) 2015

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Broadway. Black Sea

Broadway. Black Sea (Orig.) / 2002 / Russia / 78 min

Refugees from the Caucasian republics, Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Russians, meet on the shore of the Black Sea: they work as shop keepers, life guards, karaoke singers, or just enjoy their holidays.

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Gagarin’s Pioneers

Nasha Rodina (Orig.) / 2005 / Russia / 101 min

Young pioneers betrayed their fatherland at the age of 10, fleeing with their parents from the Soviet Union to Israel – or they did as the Manskijs who changed their names, wiped away the traces of their Jewish family history and stayed.

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Motherland or Death

Patria o Muerte (Orig.) / 2011 / Russia / 99 min

What does a person imagine when they hear about Cuba? Especially those who have never been to this sea-locked state in the Caribbean basin.

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Private Chronicles. Monologue

Private Chronicles. Monologue (Orig.) / 2011 / Russia / 93 min

The collective life of the generation born as Jurij Gagarin became the first man in space.

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Red Tsars. Presidents of Russia / Episode: Gorbachev. After Empire

Red Tsars. Presidents of Russia / Episode: Gorbachev. After Empire (Orig.) / 2001 / Russia / 58 min

Award-winning filmmaker Vitalij Manskij followed Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin during the course of a year.

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Red Tsars. Presidents of Russia / Episode: Putin. Leap Year

Red Tsars. Presidents of Russia / Episode: Putin. Leap Year (Orig.) / 2001 / Russia / 59 min

Award-winning filmmaker Vitalij Manskij followed Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin during the course of a year.

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Red Tsars. Presidents of Russia / Episode: Yeltsin. Another Life

Red Tsars. Presidents of Russia / Episode: Yeltsin. Another Life (Orig.) / 2001 / Russia / 58 min

Award-winning filmmaker Vitalij Manskij followed Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin during the course of a year.

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Under The Sun

V paprscích slunce (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, North Korea, Russia / 105 min

Over the course of one year, this film follows the life of an ordinary Pyongyang family whose daughter was chosen to take part in one of the famous Korean “Spartakiads”. The ritualised explosions of colour and joy contrast sharply with pale everyday reality, which is not particularly terrible, but rather quite surreal, like a typical life as seen “through the looking glass”...

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Virginity

Devstvenost (Orig.) / 2008 / Russia / 86 min

Anything can be sold and bought in our modern world. Virginity too. How much is its worth in dollars? Is it worth keeping till marriage?

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Wild, Wild Beach

Zhar nezhnykh. Dikyi, dikyi plyazh (Orig.) / 2006 / Germany, Russia / 85 min

“…A brave, unflinching and willingly unpopular and unsavory film showing the most brutal face, and the muscle, of Putin-era Russia, cavorting on a summer beach. …”

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