Putin's Witnesses

Putin's Witnesses

Putin's Witnesses

From renowned documentarian Vitaly Mansky, the story of Russian president Vladimir's Putin's ascendancy to power. Told through testimonies from Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Putin himself.

"On New Year's Eve 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin surprised the world by announcing that he was stepping down and turning the office over to the country's newly appointed Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. The transition called for Putin to serve as acting President until a special election was held three months later. He refrained from the normal campaign tactics of running television commercials or debating his opponents. Instead, his team hired Mansky to follow Putin in office for a television documentary.

"Now Mansky returns to the intimate footage he shot inside Putin's circle over the course of the year 2000 to bring a new perspective on the leader who has played a crucial role in global politics ever since. Mansky's act of bearing witness allows us to better understand the machinations that enabled Putin to consolidate power in this pivotal period." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2018103 minsLatvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, GermanyRussian with English subtitles
Documentary
Director:
Vitali Mansky ('Pipeine', 'Under the Sun')
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Variety

Variety

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Mansky reassembles his own first-hand footage from the early days of the Putin presidency, to damning, gripping effect.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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An extraordinarily revealing portrait of Putin's ascension to power at the turn of the century.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A film laden with ominous clues for historians to study.

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Variety

Variety

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Mansky reassembles his own first-hand footage from the early days of the Putin presidency, to damning, gripping effect.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

An extraordinarily revealing portrait of Putin's ascension to power at the turn of the century.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A film laden with ominous clues for historians to study.

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