Scene from the film Close Relations
Scene from the film Close Relations
Scene from the film Close Relations
Scene from the film Close Relations
Scene from the film Close Relations
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Close Relations

  • Latvia
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ukraine
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Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky meanders through the Ukraine to explore the social effects of the Maidan Revolution. His journey encompasses 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 looks for reasons behind the conflict where Ukrainian citizens, and sometimes friends and family, found themselves on different sides of the barricades.

The narrative also looks at ex-president Victor Yanukovych’s flight and current exile in Russia. The moment of the ex-president’s flight acts as a catalyst in the film to examine the historical ties between Ukraine and Russian. The film documents the two countries relationship that goes back centuries that manifest in the singularity of the Maidan Revolution.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Vitaly Mansky
  • DOP
    Alexandra Ivanova
  • Editing
    Peteris Kimelis, Gunta Ikere
  • Music
    Harmo Kallaste, Mikael Tariverdiev
  • Sound
    Harmo Kallaste
  • Duration
    112 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Latvia
    • Germany
    • Estonia
    • Ukraine
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Karlovy Vary IFF 2016, Czech Republic
    • Odessa IFF 2016, Ukraine
    • Toronto IFF 2016, Canada
    • Batumi Art FF 2016, Georgia
    • Bergen IFF 2016, Norway
    • BFI London FF 2016,
    • Riga IFF 2016, Latvia
    • Dok Leipzig 2016, Germany
    • IDFA Amsterdam 2016, Netherlands
    • Trieste IFF 2017, Italy
    • Ukrainian IFF Brussels 2017, Belgium
    • DocPoint IDF Helsinki 2017, Finland
    • Göteborg IFF 2017, Sweden
    • Thessaloniki IDF 2017, Greece
    • One World HRFF Prague 2017, Czech Republic
    • Vilnius IFF 2017, Lithuania
    • It’s All True IDF 2017, Brazil
    • Visions du Réel Nyon 2017, Switzerland
    • Crossing Europe IFF Linz 2017, Austria
    • GoEast FF Wiesbaden 2017, Germany
    • Ukrainian FF Tbilisi 2017, Georgia
    • IndieLisboa 2017, Portugal
    • DocAviv Tel Aviv 2017, Israel
    • Seattle IFF 2017, USA
    • Krakow IFF 2017, Poland
    • Al Este de Lima FF 2017, Peru
    • Russian Cinema Week Rio de Janeiro 2017, Brazil
    • Moldox IDF 2017, Moldova
    • Ukrainia! FF Warsaw 2017, Poland
    • Ukrainian FF Winnipeg 2017, Canada
    • Move It HRFF Dresden 2017, Germany
    • Ukrainian Film Days Prague 2017, Czech Republic
    • Watch Docs HRFF Warsaw 2017, Poland
    • One World HRFF Bucharest 2018, Romania
  • Awards
    • Batumi Art FF 2016, Georgia (Special Mention Int’l Doc Comp.)
    • Trieste IFF 2017, Italy (Cinema Warrior - Cultural Resistance Award)
    • Crossing Europe IFF Linz 2017, Austria (CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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