After years of negotiations, director Vitaly Mansky was granted permission to film a documentary in North Korea. Regime officials had not only selected the subjects and locations but also written a script, and every second of footage was carefully examined to prevent the finished film from giving an unflattering portrayal of the country. Unbeknownst to the authorities, however, the team let their cameras roll all through their stay and managed to capture a very different view of life in the world's most secluded nation.
Festival Guest: Vitaly Mansky
Vitaly Mansky (Ukraine, 1963) Selected filmography: CLOSE RELATIONS (also at BIFF this year), PIPELINE (BIFF 2013), MOTHERLAND OR DEATH (2011), VIRGINITY (2008), TENDER'S HEAT: WILD WILD BEACH (BIFF 2007)