Ukraine / Germany / Latvia / Estonia, 2016, 113mn 
Close Relations
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Directed by : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Cinematography : Aleksandra IVANOVA (Александра ИВАНОВА)
Produced by : Simona BAUMAN (Симона БАУМАН), Natalia MANSKAYA (Наталья МАНСКАЯ), Guntis TREKTERIS (Гунтис ТРЕКТЕРИС)
Production : 435 Films, Baltic Film Production, Ego Media, Saxonia Entertainment, Vertov Studio
Film revenue in Russia : 0.003373 million dollars
Release date in Russia : 02/02/2017

Plot synopsis
Film maker Vitaly Mansky, of Ukrainian origin but with a Russian passport, returned to his homeland in order to follow closely the development of society after the events at Maidan. As his main observational tool he chose his own extended family, spread throughout Ukraine, from Lviv to Odessa, from Donbass to the annexed Crimea. And while momentous events are taking place in the background (former president Yanukovych flees to Russia, Ukrainians elect a new president), Mansky visits his relatives, lets them speak openly about the situation and comments bluntly on their attitudes. The film offers a unique opportunity to delve into the minds of people whose family relationships and views are being eroded by the difficult past of their homeland and its even more complex present.

Commentaries and bibliography
Vitalii Manskii: Close Relations* (Ridni, 2016), Olga KIM, Kinokultura, 2022

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- War in contemporary Russian cinema, (France), 2023
- Artdocfest / International, Different cities (World), 2023
- Montreal International Documentary Festival : RIDM, Montreal (Canada), 2021
- "Jeden Svët" International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World, Prague (Czech Republic), 2017
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2017