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Citizen K – (dir. Alex Gibney)
West Mall 7 – Doors Open 6:00pm – Film Begins 6:30pm
TRT: 126 min
Genre: Documentary, History, Russia
This film included in Fast Pass admission.
Film Festivals: Official 2019 Selection Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, AFI – Rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
Also from writer/director Alex Gibney: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side, and Executive Producer of The China Hustle
Film Summary: Oscar® winning writer/director Alex Gibney’s revelatory CITIZEN K is an intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia from the perspective of the enigmatic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that ensued after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able to amass a fortune in financing and oil production and became the richest man in Russia. But when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested, his assets were seized and following a series of show trials, he was sentenced to more than ten-years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin’s two-decade stranglehold on power. Expertly researched and photographed, Gibney uses Khodorkovsky’s story as a way to explore the complex interplay between oligarchy and government and its destructive effect on democracy, in Russia and beyond.
What the critics are saying:
It’s an undeniably informative and vital documentary, which clearly illustrates a disturbing political farce that has been allowed to thrive for far too long. Which is to say, at all.
– The Wrap
It’s more darkly amusing than it sounds.
The Oscar-winning documentarian is back, firing on all cylinders and reconnecting with his political muse. The result is easily his best documentary in years.
Ed Gibbs – Little White Lies[A] chewy, engrossing documentary…
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