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‘Close Relations’ (Родные) by Vitaly Mansky at Kinofilm Fest 2017



Directed by Vitaly Mansky

2016 Ukraine, 1 hour and 52 minutes

Russian & Ukrainian with English subtitles


Friday, October 13, 2017. 6:30 pm 

Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St, Winnipeg.

Tickets: $10. Available early September

Kalyna Store. (204) 582-2832. 952 Main St, Winnipeg

Oseredok. (204) 942-0218. 184 Alexander Ave E, Winnipeg

Seating is limited to 85.

Screened at festivals worldwide, the documentary Close Relations, directed by Vitaly Mansky, brilliantly uses the prism of Mansky’s own large extended family to explore contemporary divisions in Ukrainian society, both after the collapse of the Soviet Union and during the current Russian occupation of eastern Ukraine.

What, asks Mansky, is the definition of national identity? Is it geography, language, blood lines?

How can it be that someone, during their lifetime, could have lived in three or four different countries without ever having left their home?


Vitaly Mansky

Born 1963 in Lvov / Ukraine, USSR.
He 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.


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