Close Relations

Vitaly Mansky was born and raised in Ukraine. He went to Moscow to study and was just starting his filmmaking career when the Soviet Union collapsed. Suddenly Mansky was a Russian citizen, though most of his large family continued to live in Ukraine. Mansky’s intimate and insightful new documentary finds him crisscrossing his homeland in the wake of the Maidan uprising, which left his relatives scattered on both sides of a caustic and dizzyingly complex political situation. (Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
VITALY MANSKY was born in Lvov, Ukraine. He studied film at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography – VGIK and has won over fifty awards, including a Silver Dove at DOK Leipzig and the Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary Film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. // Films (selection): Evreyskoe schaste (Jewish Happiness, 1991), Brodvey. Chernoe more (Broadway. Black Sea, 2002, doc), Nasha rodina (Gagarin’s Pioneers, 2005, doc), Rodina ili smert (Motherland or Death, 2011, doc), Truba (Pipeline, 2013, doc), V paprscích slunce (Under the Sun 2015, doc), Rodnye (Close Relations, 2016, doc)
2017: CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award – Best Documentary
Competition Documentary · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2017
Vitaly Mansky
Latvia / Germany / Estonia / Ukraine 2016
112 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Vitaly Mansky
Cinematography Aleksandra Ivanova
Editing Pēteris Ķimelis, Gunta Ikere
Sound/Sounddesign Harmo Kallaste
Music Harmo Kallaste
Producer(s) Guntis Trekteris (Ego Media, LV), Simone Baumann (Saxonia Entertainment, DE), Marianna Kaat (Baltic Film Production, EE), 435 Films (UA), Natalya Manskaya (VERTOV, LV)
Ego Media Baznīcas iela 8-3 1010 Riga Latvia
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary 2017
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