The Revolution That Wasn't

  • Estonia
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The Russian opposition, fragmented by different extreme ideas, was faced with a dilemma before the 2008 presidential elections: whether to remain in history, or to get lost in it. This film is a story told from inside the Russian oppositon. This is also the story of a Russian revolutionary, who shot into the political fight, grabbed the leadership role while the real party leader was in prison, and had his moment of glory; later to lose his comrades' trust and be degraded down to a mere party member. He withdraws to a monastery.


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  • Original title
    Revolutsioon, mida ei olnud
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Aliona Polunina
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Dimitri Rakov
  • Editing
    Aliona Polunina
  • Sound
    Kyösti Väntänen
  • Duration
    97 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Estonia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Zvláštní uznání - MFDF Jihlava 2008, ČR
    • Helsinki International Film Festival "Love and Anarchy" 2008
    • Young Talent Competition - Čestné uznání - Leipzig International Documentary and Animation Film Festival 2008 / Germany
    • První cena - Kiev Documentary FF 2008, Ukrajina
    • International Competition - The Library Award - Cinema du Reel / Paris, France 2009
    • International Competition - Red-Vectracom Award - Cinema du Reel / Paris, France 2009
    • Alpe Adria Cinema Award for the Best Documentary - Trieste Film Festival / Italy 2009
    • Sguardi Altrove Film Festival / Milan, Italy 2009
    • Visions du Reel / Switzerland 2009
    • Brooklyn International Film Festival / USA 2009
    • "Kinoshock" / Anapa, Russia 2009
    • Baltic competition 2nd prize - Vilnius Documentary Film Festival / Lithuania 2009
    • Cena SIC Notícias (nejlepší investigativní dokument) - DocLisboa 2009, Portugalsko
    • goEast Festival 2011, Wiesbaden, Německo


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