• Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Russia
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According to a claim made by Vladimir Putin, half of Russia’s state budget comes from the oil and gas industry. In the case of natural gas, construction of the Trans-Siberian pipeline became a fundamental milestone when, in 1983, it connected supplies of natural gas in Western Siberia with European consumers. Renowned Ukrainian documentarist Vitaly Manskiy sets off along the route of the pipeline to find out what it’s like for ordinary people living in its vicinity. The catch from a frozen Siberian river full of dead fish, a wedding in a dilapidated prefab building in Khabarovsk, an Orthodox mass in a disused train car, a discarded washing machine used as a doghouse, and the invocation of communist ideals due to dissatisfaction with contemporary conditions and the fear of an uncertain future – all this eloquently illustrates the often absurd banality of contemporary Russia. This visually refined road movie is an unsettling portrait of the legendary Trans-Siberian gas pipeline on which most of Europe is still reliant. KVIFF


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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Vitaly Mansky
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Alexandra Ivanova
  • Editing
    Pavel Mendel-Ponamarev
  • Sound
    Dmitry Nazarov
  • Duration
    118 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
    • Germany
    • Russia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
      • Bontonfilm a.s.
      • Nádražní 23/344
      • 151 34 Praha 5
      • Czech Republic
  • Festivals
    • Open Russian FF Kinotavr Sochi 2013
    • Karlovy Vary IFF 2013
    • Odessa IFF 2013
    • Batumi Art-House FF 2013
    • Message to Man FF St. Petersburg 2013
    • Flahertiana IDF Perm 2013
    • London BFI FF 2013
    • Dok Leipzig 2013
    • IDFA Amsterdam 2013
    • Alpe Adria Cinema FF Trieste 2014
    • Göteborg IFF 2014
    • Docpoint IDF Helsinki 2014
    • Documentary Fortnight MoMA New York 2014
    • ZagrebDox 2014
    • Sofia IFF 2014
    • Thessaloniki IDF 2014
    • It’s All True IDF 2014
    • Hot Docs Toronto 2014
    • IndieLisboa 2014
    • DOXA IDF Vancouver 2014
    • BuDoku IDF Budapest 2014
    • Planete+ Doc FF Warsaw 2014
    • Pelicam Environmental FF Tulcea 2014
    • Pärnu IFF 2014
    • European FF Palic 2014
    • Let’s Cee FF Vienna 2014
    • cph:dox Copenhagen 2014
  • Awards
    • Russian National Nika Award for Best Russian Documentary 2013
    • Open Russian FF Kinotavr Sochi 2013 (Prize for Best Direction and Prize of the Guild of Film Critics and Film Scholars “White Elephant”)
    • Karlovy Vary IFF 2013 (Best Documentary Film over 30 minutes)
    • Dok Leipzig 2013 (MDR Film Prize for an excellent Eastern European Documentary Film)
    • ZagrebDox 2014 (Movies That Matter Award)
    • Pelicam Environmental FF Tulcea 2014 (Award of the Black Sea Competition)
    • Let’s Cee FF Vienna 2014 (Urania Award)


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