Close Relations

Direction
Year
2016
Country
  • Latvia
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ukraine
Duration
112min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore the country’s 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 different sides of the barricades.

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.

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Details

  • Original title
    Rodnye
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Vitaly Mansky
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Alexandra Ivanova
  • Editing
    Peteris Kimelis, Gunta Ikere
  • Music
    Harmo Kallaste, Mikael Tariverdiev
  • Sound
    Harmo Kallaste
  • Duration
    112 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2016
  • 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)

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