What is home? And what is more important - life or home? Director Vitalij Manskij searches for an answer to this question among his former class-mates with whom he was admitted to the pioneer organisation 'Vladimir Ilyitsh Lenin' as group 'Yuri Gagarin' in 1973, pledging allegiance to what was then their home - the USSR.
Tenders' Heat: Wild, Wild Beach
Every morning during the last 25 years hereditary photographer Eugeniy and his camel are on their way to their habitual working place - a beach at the Black Sea shore, a world of NUDE people in all meanings of this word - nominal as well as figurative.The film shows a variety of characters, which shape a unique portrait of the state of the world in which we live. Both irony and melancholy, cleanliness and meanness, love stories and betrayal, life and death are depicted in their development.
The Blind Family
The young blind couple is expecting their first child.The authors of the film follow them till last moment.We wait intently for the birth of the child and hope that he will see...
Sunrise/Sunset: Dalai Lama XIV
Filmmaker Vitaly Mansky allows viewers to see a personal side of one of the world's most celebrated spiritual and political leaders in this documentary. Mansky and a small camera crew were given unrestricted access to an ordinary day in the life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV, and Sunrise/Sunset follows him from 3 a.m., when he wakes up, to nightfall, when he goes to sleep. During his waking hours, the cameras follow the Dalai Lama as he exercises, meditates, prays, meets with visitors, speaks to members of the press and teaches his students. The Buddhist leader also takes time to answer some questions from Mansky, and he speaks at length about his spiritual beliefs and how he feels the individual can impact the world around him. The film also features an extended sequence in which Mansky traces the route from Russia to India he and his crew traveled in order to make the film. Sunrise/Sunset was an official selection at the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Three young women, who each have a sought-after commodity - their virginity. Kristina, Karina and Katya each try to make their way in a world ruled by fame, popularity and money. Kristina auditions for a reality TV show, Karina wants to take Madonna's place and Katya is simply looking for a fair price for her virginity on the internet.
A documentary film directed by Vitaly Mansky, chronicling the lives of the group t.A.T.u. on their promotional tour in USA, but most of all, revealing the girls' true lives, including their sexuality.The movie's main selling point was the revelation that neither Yulia Volkova nor Lena Katina are, or were, lesbians. They stated that it was all just a marketing strategy; a brainchild developed by their manager.
Broadway. Black Sea
Broadway. Black Sea presents a kaleidoscopic portrait of a Black Sea resort over the course of one holiday season.
Largely devoid of authorial comment or exposition, the filmmakers are content to simply glide around the campsites, beaches and fairgrounds, inhaling the diverse sights and sounds on offer.
Other than the inevitable cultural differences, such as the public toilets whose hygiene standards would put Trainspotting's "worst toilet in the world" to shame, or the prevalence of attractions, which would breach animal welfare regulations here, ultimately a sameness emerges. The world of karaoke, disco dancing and constructions in the sand could just as easily be Blackpool or Benidorm.
Private Chronicles. Monologue
Taken from over 5.000 hours of film material, and 20.000 still pictures, Vitalij Manskij has woven together a fictional biography - the collective life of a generation who were born as Jurij Gagarin became the first man in space, and whose youth ended at the same time as the USSR died. These images made for home use - black and white, out-of-focus, coarse-grained, blurred - come together to provide us with a moving document of the fictional, but nonetheless true life of the generation who grew up in this time of huge change and upheaval.
The Train Stop
Speeding trains slice through the silence of the small train stop. The whistle on the locomotive and the thunder of the wheels disappear into the night, but fail to wake up people at the station. People just continue to sleep. What do they wait for? What will wake them up?
Motherland or Death
What does a person imagine when they hear about Cuba? Especially those who have never been to this sea-locked state in the Caribbean basin. They probably think of cabriolets driven by glowing fair-haired men in colorful shirts, drinking cocktails and dancing with mulatto ladies, the endless ocean reflected in their eyes. In reality there only exists the endless ocean that cuts the island from the rest of the world. It is hard to find any other country where the discrepancy between its image and reality is as huge as on Cuba. For more than 50 years the state has been following the battle cry of the winning revolution - “Patria o Muerte”. For more than 50 years the battle cry has been a daily dilemma for several Cuban generations. Our movie is about people who were born before the revolution and now are coming closer to the end of their lives when it becomes clear that for them “Motherland” equals “Death”.
Etudes about Love II. - Big Sale
Big Sale. The second film’s title is "Big Sale". It was shot in 1993, when the roar of jackhammers is heard all around and the only window that opens on to Gorky Street over a new “McDonald’s” restaurant is being nailed down. The whole country is longing to see Michael Jackson’s coming.
Born December 2, 1963 in Lvov, Ukraine. Graduated from All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His first film appeared in 1989, and since then he has made more than 30 films. Selected filmography: Lenin's Body (1992); Bliss (1996); Private Chronicles: Monologue (1999); Putin. The Leap Year (2001); Broadway. Black Sea (2002); TATU's Anatomy (2003); Our Motherland (2005); Virginity (2008); Sunrise/Sunset: Dalai Lama XIV (2008); Patria o muerte (2011). His works were presented at more than 400 international film festivals (e.g., Cannes, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, Oberhausen, San Francisco, Locarno, Munich, etc.). He has received over 50 festival awards, including Silver Dove at DOK Leipzig, Best Directing Award at Locarno IFF, Prix Court Metrage Visions du réel Nyon, Golden Spire at San Francisco FF, IDFA Amsterdam, and others. Vitaly Manskiy is also the founder and director of the documentary festival Artdokfest.
VITALY MANSKIY was born in 1963 in Lvov. In the year 1982 he entered the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) (S.E. Medynskiy’s workroom). His first work in the world of cinematography appeared in 1989, and since that time he has shot more than 30 films. His works were presented at more than 400 international film festivals, among which we can site forums in Cannes, San-Sebastian, Rotterdam, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, Oberhausen, San-Francisco, Lokarno, Munich, Toronto, Montreal, Turin, Krakov, Rio de Janeiro, Yamagata, Lisbon and many others.
He was awarded with more than 50 awards and prizes in Russia and abroad that include "Silver dove" of Leipzig festival, the award for best direction (Lokarno), Prix court metrage vision du reel - Nyon, Golden Spire in San Francisco, Grand Prix of Huesca Film Festival, the "Prize of Europe" diploma, the prize at "New Europe" film festival, established by SAT Channel, Laurel Awards, The National award of cinema critics and press “Beliy Slon” (“White Elephant”); he was four times nominated for “Nika”. His films were not once shown on the leading channels in practically all European countries, as well as in Japan, Australia, China, Canada and other countries. Since 1996 Manskiy has been working on a project that aims at archivation of amateur private video files that were shot in the times of the former USSR from 30’s till 90’s of the ХХth century. Thus we have the unique archives of one and only films – evidences of the Soviet society’s private life.
Films produced by Manskiy were awarded with numerous awards, including the IDFA Prize in Amsterdam 2006, "TEFI" award, Grand Prix of the "Russia" film festival, Le Grand Prix du Cinema du Reel-Festival International Cinema du reel, Paris, France, "Silver Dove" at the international film festival in Leipzig, the “Laurel” awards and others.
As of the year 1995 he has been popularizing documental films on the Television. Manskiy was the author and producer of the project “Reality cinema” that was on air from 1995 on the First Russian Channel, where one could see premières of the best world documental films. In the same year he became director of the Film Demonstration Service, and then the first General producer of the channel "REN - TV", on which hundreds of best documentary films from all over the world were shown for the first time. In 1999 he went to the "Russia" channel, where he became Head of Production and demonstration of documentary projects Service. Being a director, he released more than 300 films that were demonstrated on channels “Russia”, “First Channel”, “NTV”, “STS”, “Culture”, “7TV”. In 2000 Manskiy was the first one to institute the National Prize “Laurel”, and in 2006 he became Director General of this award that is handed for the best documental films; and then Manskiy became one of the founders of the guild of “Non-fiction cinema and television of Russia”.
Vitaly Manskiy is the Prize-winner of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Awards, of the medal of the Russian Rosaviakosmos “Golubaya Planeta” (Blue Planet); he is Academician of the Cinema Academy “NIKA”, the member of the Russian Cinema Academy “TEFI”, Academician of the Eurasian Academy of Cinema and Radio. He is the Publisher of the oldest web-magazine on documental films "VERTOV.RU". He is the Author of the Reality Cinema Manifesto. He is General Producer of the National Prize “Lavrovaya Vetv” (Laurel Branch); he is President of the Moscow Documentary Films Festival "ARTDOKFEST".
His wife Nataliya is Director General of the studio “Vertov. Reality cinema”. They have two daughters. The eldest daughter Polina graduated from the production department of the "School-Studio MHAT", the youngest daughter Nika is a photographer freelancer.
MAIN AUTHOR FILMS:
“Etudi o ljubvi” (Etudes about love) 1990 -1995
“Telo Lenina” (Lenin’s body) 1991
“Srezki Otscherednoj wojni” (Cuts of another war) 1993
“Blagodat” (Bliss) 1995
“Private Chronicles. Monologue” 1999
“Gorbachev. After the empire” 2000
“Elcin. Another life” 2001
“Putin. The leap year” 2001
“Broadway. The black sea” 2002
“t.A.T.u.’s Anatomy” 2003
“Our homeland” 2006
“DAWN/SUNSET. DALAI LAMA 14” 2008
“Nikolina gora. Epilogue” 2009
MAIN PRODUCER PROJECTS:
“There is no death for me” directed by Renata Litvinova
“Mammies” directed by Alexandre Rastorguev
“Mountain” directed by Alexandre Rastorguev
“Open up. Police!” 26 films. The first real TV series in Russia
“Russia. The beginning” 26 episodes. Chronicles.
“The unknown Putin” directed by: Dmitry Zhelkovskiy, Sergey Miroshnichenko
“Portraits of the epoch” films-portraits of the great Russian people: Plisetskaya, Rastropovich-Vishnevskaya, Brumel, Lubimov, Zzhenov, Al. Yakovlev, Hrennikov, Chazov, Velikhov, Zh.Alferov, Ulianov, B.Vasiliev and others.
“The Open Kremlin” 5 films co-directed with D. Avrorin
“USSR-CANADA. More than hockey” 5 films
“Clean Thursday” directed by Alexandre Rastorguev
“A Way station” directed by Sergey Loznitsa
“Historical detective” the cyclus of 24 films directed by: D.Demin, I.Grigoriev, V.Belyakov, P. Zelenin, N.Vasiliev…
“t.A.T.u. v Podnebesnoy” a reality film
«The ambulance does help” a reality TV series
“Vysotskiy. Death of the poet”
“Wild. Wild beach” a reality TV series
“Heat of the tender” directed by Alexandre Rastorguev
Vertov. Real cinema
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