BIFF 2019: 25. september - 3. oktober

KineDok Screening 10/11: Putin's Witnesses + The Lust for Power (Free)

Putin's Witnesses

On November 9th, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. On this occasion, we are screening two documentary films about the years that followed, in Russia and Slovakia respectively. The screening is free of charge.

18:00 - PUTIN'S WITNESSES

Let’s go back to the last day of 1999 when the former head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, ascended to the Russian presidency. The renowned documentarist’s new movie presents other protagonists as well, including Mikhail Gorbachev, but also Boris Yeltsin, who chose the ambitious 47-year-old politician as his successor. Ukrainian-born Vitaly Mansky based his film on witness accounts of the events that happened in the years following that fateful day in December, perhaps the most important moment in 21st century Russian history. The director rounds these out with his own fascinating perspective and with the unique, long-standing experience of a man whom only a movie camera separated from the upper echelons of power.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/281448233
More information: https://kinedok.net/no/detail/35


20:00 - THE LUST FOR POWER (MEČIAR)

Lust for Power an HBO Europe documentary made by the young director Tereza Nvotova is the story of Slovak ex-politician Vladimir Meciar and the impact he's had on Slovak society and her own life. The story begins in 1989 when she's a one year old and the Velvet Revolution is about to bring down the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Following their victory, almost none of the revolutionary leaders want to occupy important government positions. They organize an open call for the position of Minister of Interior, and an unknown lawyer from a small town, Vladimir Meciar, vies for the job. He wins and proceeds to rise to the very top. While governing he becomes a benevolent dictator, ruling the country using tools of corruption, propaganda and organized crime. While events like the division of Czechoslovakia or the kidnapping of the President's son unfold, Tereza and her friends are playing children's games of politics casting Meciar in the lead role. The documentary Lust for Power doesn't only cover one chapter in Slovak political history. It raises universal and very current questions, because Meciar-like political archetypes keep popping up all over the world. Are we ever going to find out, why we tend to put blind faith in authoritarian leaders?

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/235798145
More information: https://kinedok.net/no/detail/29