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KHODORKOVSKY

Germany, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Documentaries)

Director: Cyril Tuschi

"For me, as for anybody, it is hard to live in prison, and I do not want to die here. But if I have to, I will have no hesitation. What I believe in is worth dying for." - Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Once one of the richest men in the world, Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky suffered a fall of Shakespearean proportions when he took on Vladimir Putin and lost. Now serving a jail term of 14 years, his is the story of a post-Soviet Russia that all too often seems trapped in the orthodoxies of its Communist forebears.

In unpicking the vexed and controversial story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's life, filmmaker Cyril Tuschi draws a gripping portrait of not only Khodorkovsky himself, but also the corruptions and complications that mark a deeply uncertain modern Russia.

D/S Cyril Tuschi P Cyril Tuschi, Lala Films WS Rézo L English, Russian, German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

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