el Documental del mes January 2020


Vitaly Mansky

2018 102 min.

Original Version in Russian with Catalan and Spanish subtitles
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Technical specs

    • Direction: Vitaly Mansky
    • Production: Natalia Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
    • Edit: Gunta Ikere
    • Sound: Anrijs Krenbergs
    • Music: Karlis Auzans
    • Production Company: Studio Vertov, Golden Egg Production, Hypermarket Film
    • Distribution: DocsBarcelona Distribution
    • Age rating: Suitable for all audiences

Audience award 2020




On December 31st 1999, Russia was acquainted with its new and current president, Vladimir Putin. Through personal archive material and unique witnesses very close to one of today’s most controversial political leaders, Vitaly Mansky reveals the true causes and consequences of the “Operation Successor”, the political plot that put Putin in power.

To overcome a serious and advanced illness, it is necessary to make a diagnosis and study the history of this illness. This was the filmmaker’s logic when he conceived a film about the events after the unexpected resignation of President Boris Yeltsin and the start of “Operation Successor”;. Protagonists such as Mikhail Gorbatxov, Boris Ieltsin and Vladimir Putin himself, reveal their rise to power and the actors that made it possible. Vitaly Mansky wants his documentary to be a testimony, not only for Russian society, a silent testimony of its own destiny, but also for other countries in the process of losing their freedoms.

About direction (Vitaly Mansky)

Vitaly Mansky graduated from VGIK - All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography in 1989 and became one of the most acclaimed contemporary Russian documentary filmmakers and producers. He has shot more than 30 films as a director which screened at festivals worldwide and were awarded several times. As a producer, Mansky produced films by directors like Renata Litvinova, Alexander Rastorguyev, Sergey Miroshnichenko, Dmitry Zhelkovsky, and Sergei Loznitsa. In 1996 he also started a project that aims at archiving amateur private video files that were shot in the times of the former USSR from 30’s till 90’s of the ХХth century. He is the producer of the national award LAVROVAYA VETV (Laurel Branch) which is awarded for the best Russian documentary films. Vitaly Mansky moved to Latvia in 2015.

Awards & Festivals

  • Grand Prix for Best International Documentary, FIPADOC Biarritz – France, 2019.
  • Grand Prix for Best Documentary, Karlovy Vary IFF – Czech Republic, 2018.
  • Bronze Horse Award for Best International Documentary, Stockholm IFF – Sweden, 2018.
  • Harrell Award – Special Mention, Camden International Film Festival – USA, 2018.
  • Opening Film, Antenna Documentary Film Festival – Australia, 2018.
  • IDFA – Netherlands, 2018.
  • Toronto International Film Festival TIFF – Canada, 2018
  • DocsBarcelona – Spain, 2019.