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The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov

The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov

Synopsis

Director

August 2015, a courtroom in Rostov-on-Don. A man is peering through the bars of his cage, his eyes reveal that his nerves are about to snap. Today he will be handed down a sentence to which he must submit: 20 years’ imprisonment in Siberia for terrorism. The man is Oleg Sentsov, a film director and Maidan activist born in Simferopol in the Ukraine. He is charged with leading an anti-Russian terrorist movement and having planned attacks on bridges, power lines and a monument of Lenin. Sentsov defends himself, courageously and without flinching. He responds to the verdict with an emphatic denial of his crimes and instead accuses the accusers themselves …

In his documentary Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind this political show trial. Were the witnesses for the prosecution placed under duress? What effect did detention and the trial itself have on the accused and his family?

The film also documents the solidarity shown to Sentsov by filmmaking colleagues such as Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar, and by the European Film Academy, which is beginning its 30th anniversary with the screening of this film in order to campaign once more for Oleg Sentsov’s release.

Askold Kurov

(b. 1974) he has lived in Russia since 1991. After studying philology, theatre and theology, he took a degree in documentary filmmaking at the Marina Razbezhkina Film School in Moscow. In 2012 he was one of the directors of the award-winning documentary „Winter, Go Away!“ His next films „Leninland“ and „Children 404“ also won critical acclaim and screened at numerous festivals. His work focuses on human rights issues and social conflicts in contemporary Russia.

Filmography

  • Zima
  • ukhodi! (2012, doc, co-dir)
  • Leninland (2013, doc)
  • Deti 404 (2014, doc, co-dir)
  • The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017, doc)

Schedule

22.11.2017
19:15 - 20:30
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 061902
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28.11.2017
20:30 - 21:45
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 121302
Guests (3)
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Movie guests:  Maxim Tuula, Director Askold Kurov, Marianna Kaat
03.12.2017
19:30 - 20:45
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171403
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

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Film info

Countries: Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic
Year: 2017
Duration: 75 minutes
Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English
Director: Askold Kurov
Producers: Max Tuula, Maria Gavrilova, Dariusz Jabłonski, Izabela Wójcik, Violetta Kaminska
DOP: Askold Kurov
Montage: Michał Leszczyłowski
Composer: Sorin Apostol
Productions: Marx Film, Message Film
Festivals: Berlinale, Sheffield, New Horizons

Synopsis

Director

August 2015, a courtroom in Rostov-on-Don. A man is peering through the bars of his cage, his eyes reveal that his nerves are about to snap. Today he will be handed down a sentence to which he must submit: 20 years’ imprisonment in Siberia for terrorism. The man is Oleg Sentsov, a film director and Maidan activist born in Simferopol in the Ukraine. He is charged with leading an anti-Russian terrorist movement and having planned attacks on bridges, power lines and a monument of Lenin. Sentsov defends himself, courageously and without flinching. He responds to the verdict with an emphatic denial of his crimes and instead accuses the accusers themselves …

In his documentary Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind this political show trial. Were the witnesses for the prosecution placed under duress? What effect did detention and the trial itself have on the accused and his family?

The film also documents the solidarity shown to Sentsov by filmmaking colleagues such as Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar, and by the European Film Academy, which is beginning its 30th anniversary with the screening of this film in order to campaign once more for Oleg Sentsov’s release.

Askold Kurov

(b. 1974) he has lived in Russia since 1991. After studying philology, theatre and theology, he took a degree in documentary filmmaking at the Marina Razbezhkina Film School in Moscow. In 2012 he was one of the directors of the award-winning documentary „Winter, Go Away!“ His next films „Leninland“ and „Children 404“ also won critical acclaim and screened at numerous festivals. His work focuses on human rights issues and social conflicts in contemporary Russia.

Filmography

  • Zima
  • ukhodi! (2012, doc, co-dir)
  • Leninland (2013, doc)
  • Deti 404 (2014, doc, co-dir)
  • The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017, doc)