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RODNYE / Close Relations

RODNYE / 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)

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) 

CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary 2017

Competition Documentary 2017


Latvia / Germany / Estonia / Ukraine 2016
DCP / color, black and white
112 minutes
OmeU / OV with engl. subtitles

Aleksandra Ivanova
Pēteris Ķimelis, Gunta Ikere
Harmo Kallaste
Harmo Kallaste
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
World Sales

Deckert Distribution
Gottschedstraße 18
04109 Leipzig, Germany

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary 2017
€ 5.000,- powered by gfk-Gesellschaft für Kulturpolitik OÖ