Askold KUROV
Аскольд КУРОВ
Askold KOUROV
Estonia / Poland / Czech , 2017, 75mn 
documentary
Protsess : rossiiskoie gosudarstvo protiv Olega Sentsova
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Процесс: Российское государство против Олега Сенцова

 

 The Trial : The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov

 Le Procès : l'Etat russe contre Oleg Sentsov

 
Directed by : Askold KUROV (Аскольд КУРОВ)
Writing credits : Askold KUROV (Аскольд КУРОВ)
Cinematography : Askold KUROV (Аскольд КУРОВ)
Produced by : Mariya GAVRILOVA (Мария ГАВРИЛОВА)
 

Plot synopsis
August 2015, a courtroom in Rostov-on-Don. A man is peering through the bars of his cage, his eyes reveal that his nerves are about to snap. Today he will be handed down a sentence to which he must submit: 20 years’ imprisonment in Siberia for terrorism. The man is Oleg Sentsov, a film director and Maidan activist born in Simferopol in the Ukraine. He is charged with leading an anti-Russian terrorist movement and having planned attacks on bridges, power lines and a monument of Lenin. Sentsov defends himself, courageously and without flinching. He responds to the verdict with an emphatic denial of his crimes and instead accuses the accusers themselves ... In his documentary Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind this political show trial. Were the witnesses for the prosecution placed under duress? What effect did detention and the trial itself have on the accused and his family? The film also documents the solidarity shown to Sentsov by filmmaking colleagues such as Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar, and by the European Film Academy, which is beginning its 30th anniversary with this screening in order to campaign once more for Oleg Sentsov’s release.
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Selected in the following festivals :
- Festival Bridges. Bozar. East of West films festival, Brussels (Belgium), 2019
- Un Week-end à l'Est, Paris (France), 2017