2018, 102mn 
Putin's Witnesses
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Свидетели Путина


 Poutine : l’irrésistible ascension

 Svidetreli Putina

Directed by : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Cinematography : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Produced by : Natalia MANSKAYA (Наталья МАНСКАЯ)
Other persons :
Producteurs : Gabriela Bussmann, Вит Клусак / Vít Klusák
Musique : Karlis Auzans
Montage : Gunta Ikere
Production : 1. Èeská Televize 2. ARTE LLC 3. GoldenEggProduction 4. Hypermarket Film 5. Литовское телевидение 6. Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) 7. SRG - SSR 8. Vertov SIA 9. Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Site : IMDb

Awards :
First prize FIPADOC, Biarritz (France), 2019

Plot synopsis
Let’s go back to the last day of 1999 when the former head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, ascended to the Russian presidency. The renowned documentarist’s new movie presents other protagonists as well, including Mikhail Gorbachev, but also Boris Yeltsin, who chose the ambitious 47-year-old politician as his successor. Ukrainian-born Vitaly Mansky based his film on witness accounts of the events that happened in the years following that fateful day in December, perhaps the most important moment in 21st century Russian history. The director rounds these out with his own fascinating perspective and with the unique, long-standing experience of a man whom only a movie camera separated from the upper echelons of power.
Karel Och

Commentaries and bibliography
Vitaly Mansky : la revanche du témoin, Laura-Julie PERREAULT,, 2021
Putin’s Witnesses, dans les coulisses de l’opération “Successeur”, Vincent PENNINCKX,, 2020

Selected in the following festivals :
- Montreal International Documentary Festival : RIDM, Montreal (Canada), 2021
- International Millenium Festival, Brussels (Belgium), 2020
- "Jeden Svët" International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World, Prague (Czech Republic), 2019
- DOC-CÉVENNES - Festival international du documentaire en Cévennes, Different cities (France), 2019
- FIPADOC, Biarritz (France), 2019
- Istanbul International Film Festival, Istanbul (Turkey), 2019
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2018
- The Times BFI London Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2018