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War Before War
War Before War
Rodnye (Close relations)
  • 16+
  • 112 min
  • Russian, Ukrainian
  • Russian, English
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The history of a family. The history of the country. Ukraine 2014–2015. Director of the movie, Vitaly Mansky, was born in Ukraine, and, after finishing his studies in VGIK, he lived and worked in Moscow. His family still lives in Ukraine, and because of the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict, his family members had to make a choice, which resulted in some of them becoming sworn enemies. This film reveals different aspects of the conflict, focusing on the situations faced by an “ordinary” person, as well as examining different views of the world, so that the spectator can look deeper into the roots of these tragic events. At the same time, the interviews made by the director – conversations with relatives –reveal the feelings and views of these people but also provide an insight into the history of Ukraine and preconditions of this conflict. The film shows how the conflict caused hatred among the citizens of the same country. Close Relations is the most personal movie made by Vitaly Mansky.
Film crew
  • Director:
    Vitaly Mansky
  • Screenwriter:
    Vitaly Mansky
  • Cinematographer:
    Alexandra Ivanova
  • Producer:
    Natalia Manskaya, Guntis Trekteris, Simone Baumann, Marianna Kaat
  • Composer:
    Harmo Kallaste
  • Sound operator:
    Harmo Kallaste
  • Theme:
    History, Human rights, Propaganda, Politics, War, Family
  • Film studio:
    Ego Media, Saxonia Entertainment, Вертов, Baltic film Production
  • Genre:
    Essay, Interview
  • Country of action:
    Ukraine, Russia
  • Place of action:
    L'vov, Odessa, Sevastopol, Moscow
  • Language:
    Russian, Ukrainian
  • Subtitles:
    Russian, English
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