Latvia / Switzerland / Czech Republic 2018, 107 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles

On December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin suddenly announced his resignation from the Russian presidency, his successor Vladimir Putin was young and ambitious, but still mostly obscure. Director Vitaly Mansky (Under the Sun) was there to closely follow Putin and those around him. As head of documentaries at the Russian public television channel, he had unlimited access to the Kremlin’s upper echelon and spent a year documenting Putin, his supporters, and those left behind. This rare proximity to Putin (and Yeltsin) allowed Mansky to capture the Russian president’s complex machinations, as well as loaded, personal, vulnerable, and emotional moments, the likes of which have never been shown on-screen. After leaving his homeland, Mansky compiled his footage into a personal film with socio-political repercussions reaching far beyond the borders of Russia.

Previous Festivals: Karlovy Vary, TIFF, BFI London, IDFA, DokFest Leipzig, FIPA, Zurich IFF 2018, Switzerland, Camden IFF 2018, USA, Jihlava IDF 2018, Czech Republic, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2018, USA


  • Wed 21.08 17:30 National Library - Jerusalem
  • Sat 07.09 20:30 Cinemateque 3
  • Wed 11.09 20:45 Haifa Cinematheque - Rappaport Hall
  • Fri 13.09 19:45 Cinemateque 1
  • Sat 14.09 18:00 Herzliya Cinematheque
  • Sat 14.09 18:30 Haifa Cinematheque - Rappaport Hall
  • Sat 14.09 18:45 Cinemateque 3
  • Thu 19.09 20:30 Holon Cinematheque
  • Buy Tickets Fri 20.09 19:45 Cinemateque 3
  • Buy Tickets Sat 21.09 20:30 Cinemateque 1
Director: Vitaly Manskiy
Production: Natalia Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Production Company: Studio Vertov, Hypermarket Film, Golden Egg Production
Editing: Gunta Ikere
Soundtrack: Anrijs Krenbergs
Music: Karlis Auzans
World Sales: Deckert Distribution (


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.