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My Friend Boris Nemtsov
Russia / Estonia, 70 min, 2016
Best Documentary at Krakow IFF 2016, Special Mention at Odessa IFF 2016
Director - Zosya Rodkevich
Producers - Alexander Rastorguev, Pavel Kostomarov, Maria Gavrilova, Max Tuula
Production companies - Kostomarov/Rastorguev (Russia) / Marx Film (Estonia)
An intimate portrait of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov—once Deputy Prime Minister and “an heir of President Yeltsin”, later an uncompromising adversary of Putin—that was assassinated near the Kremlin in February 2015. Election campaigns and hotel beds, protest rallies and office routine, train compartments and courtrooms, night walks and police vans –you have never seen any politician so close. This is a story how a journalist assignment turns into a genuine friendship.
We’re now watching a film about this young, strong, and energetic person, and the fact that his whole life now lies in the past is a terrible tragedy. It’s also the key to understand the madness in which we find ourselves. That madness, which Nemtsov himself warned about, sooner or later becomes something. Nemtsov always said evolution, not revolution, is what Russia needs. But life, apparently, pushes future developments in a different direction. - Vitaliy Mansky, director