Rodnye (Close Relations)

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Germany | 2016 | 114 minutes | Vitaly Mansky

Documentarian Vitaly Mansky (Under the Sun) crisscrosses the Ukraine on a personal journey to interview his own extended family members and discover how society, culture, and loyalties have become fractured during a time of dizzying political change.

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In his newest film, Rodnye (Close Relations), director Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore the country's society and culture following the 2014 Maidan Revolution. After his unflinching and controversial documentary Under the Sun (2015), in which he followed a North Korean family for a year as their daughter prepped to join the North Korean Children's Union, is a more personal look at his own family scattered among the remains of an imploding nation. Traveling through Ukraine, Lviv, Odessa, Donbass, and Sevastopol, Mansky seems to have relatives in every major city. He interviews his mother, aunts, uncles, and other family members about the atmosphere of the current dizzying political situation and how it effects their lives, wherever they may be located. With skill and raw emotional honesty, he reveals the internal crack in his family's divided loyalties, and shows us the impressions these divisions make. Cinematographer Alexandra Ivanova's camerawork catches the subtleties and homey details of each character's environment, giving us a genuine, personal flavor of Mansky's connections to his subjects. Close Relations chronicles a unique sort of family album, and revealing several lives that manage to sustain themselves as social constructs unravel.

Director Biography

Russian director Vitaly Mansky has been making documentaries since the 1990s, but gained popularity with his 2015 documentary Under the Sun. He is also the founder of the Russian Open Documentary Film Festival, ArtDoc Fest.

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  • Original Language Title: Rodnye (Close Relations)
  • Director: Vitaly Mansky
  • Premiere Status: U.S.
  • Country: Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Producer: Simone Baumann, Guntis Trekteris, Natalya Manskaya, Marianna Kaat
  • Screenplay: Vitaliy Manskiy
  • Cinematographers: Alexandra Ivanova
  • Editors: Peteris Kimelis, Gunta Ikere
  • Music: Harmo Kallaste, Mikael Tariverdiev
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Under the Sun (2015) Pipeline (2013) Motherland or Death (2011); Rassvet/Zakat. Dalai Lama 14 (2008); Virginity (2008); Tender’s Heat: Wild Wild Beach (2007)
  • Language: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Deckert Distribution