Putin's Witnesses Svideteli Putina
Vitalij Manskij / Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic / 2018 / 105 min
It’s New Year’s Eve 1999, and Russia is about to undergo a historic transformation. President Boris Yeltsin, aging and weak, steps down and appoints a little-known figure, Vladimir Putin, to replace him. Celebrated filmmaker Vitaly Mansky was there to capture the transition. Now, for the first time ever, he dips into his archives for a rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power.
Sweet Country Sweet Country
Warwick Thornton / Australia / 2017 / 113 min / English
1929 in the Australian outback. In an act of self-defence, Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, kills a cruel and racist war veteran. Now, pursued as the murderer of a white man, he is left with no choice but to escape into the wild with his pregnant wife. This nuanced and exquisitely made film based on true events won the Venice Film Festival award for Best Direction.