De Rode Ziel

The Red Soul

 
Gorter trains a sensitive eye on the complex Russian psyche in The Red Soul. While her core subject is the controversial legacy of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, this is a wide ranging snapshot of a country whose global influence has now become an inescapable news story. Gorter sensibly leaves the viewer to draw their own historical connections between past and present, instead preferring to interview a handful of speakers whose views on Stalin represent the wider spectrum, from characterful seniors to impressionable teens at a political youth-camp designed to promulgate the views of Putin and his party. (Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter)

Director's Biography
Jessica Gorter
Jessica Gorter trained as a documentary director and editor at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Since her graduation she has been working as an independent filmmaker. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union she travelled to
 St. Petersburg, and has been closely following the development of the country and its inhabitants ever since. This has become a recurring subject for several of her award-winning documentaries.

Film Selection: De rode ziel
 (The Red Soul, 2017, doc) — 900 Dagen (900 Days, 2011, doc) — Quarantaine (Quarantine, 2006, doc) — Piter (2004, doc)
European Panorama Documentary 2018
Jessica Gorter
Netherlands 2017
color
90 minutes
Russian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Jessica Gorter,
Marieke van der Winden
Cinematography Sander Snoep
Editing Danniel Danniel, Bobbie Roelofs
Sound/Sounddesign Mark Wessner
Music Rutger Zuydervelt, Ilia Belorukov, René Aquarius

Producer(s) Frank van den Engel,
 Oksana Maksimchuk
Production
Zeppers Film, IKON docs
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere