Latvia / Germany / Estonia / Ukraine 2016, 112 min, Russian and Ukrainian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Vitaly Mansky documents one of the Ukraine’s toughest years, not from the battlefields but from his elderly mother’s window, aboard his sister’s yacht, and from his relatives’ living room. In this personal film, he travels from Lviv to Odessa, Kiev to Donetsk, Sevastopol to Moscow. The ongoing, bloody war has redrawn family members’ loyalties and shaken their identities. Some went to bed Ukrainian, and woke up Russian; Others aren’t sure what language they’re supposed to speak, or which holidays to celebrate. Mansky, whose “Under The Sun: A Year in North Korea” won him the Fedora Award for Best Director at Docaviv 2016, documents his family as it tries to maintain sanity on both sides of a very unexpected border.
Previous Festivals: Karlovy Vary, Odessa IFF, TIFF, BFI London IFF, Riga IFF, DokFest Leipzig, IDFA, Trieste IFF, Göteborg IFF, Thessaloniki IDF, Vilnius IFF, Visions Du Reel
Production: Natalya Manskaya, Guntis Trekteris, Simone Baumann, Marianna Kaat, Julia Sinkevych
Production Company: Vertov, Ego Media, Saxonia Entertainment, Baltic Film Production, 435 Films
Editing: Peteris Kimelis, Gunta Ikere
Cinematography: Alexandra Ivanova
Music: Harmo Kallaste, Mikael Tariverdiev
Born 1963 in Lvov / Ukraine, USSR.
He graduated from VGIK - All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography in 1989 and became one of the most acclaimed contemporary Russian documentary filmmakers and producers. He has shot more than 30 films as a director which screened at festivals worldwide and were awarded several times. As a producer, Mansky produced films by directors like Renata Litvinova, Alexander Rastorguyev, Sergey Miroshnichenko, Dmitry Zhelkovsky, and Sergei Loznitsa.
In 1996 he also started a project that aims at archiving amateur private video files that were shot in the times of the former USSR from 30’s till 90’s of the ХХth century.
He is the producer of the national award LAVROVAYA VETV (Laurel Branch) which is awarded for the best Russian documentary films.
Vitaly Mansky moved to Latvia in 2015.
2016 Rodnye (Close Relations)
2015 Under the Sun
2014 The Book
2011 Motherland or Death
2009 Beginning / Nikolina Gora. Epilogue
2008 Virginity / Dawn / Sunset. Dalai Lama 14
2006 Wild, Wild Beach
2005 Gagarin’s Pioneers
2003 Anatomy of t.a.T.u.
2002 Broadway. Black Sea
2001 Gorbatchev. After The Empire / Yeltsin. Another Life / Putin. Leap Year
1999 Private Chronicles. Monologue
1993 Cuts of a Recurrent War
1991 Lenin’s Body
1990-1995 Etudes about Love