Rodnye (Close Relations)

Rodnye (Close Relations) is the latest film by the Russian veteran director Vitaly Mansky (Pipeline, DocPoint 2014; Lenin’s Body, DocPoint 2015; Under the Sun, DocPoint 2016). It starts from the 2014 revolution in Ukraine and spends a whole year following people and their lives in different parts of the country. East, west, south and the Crimean peninsula (Donbass, Lviv, Odessa, and Sevastopol); people all around the country open their hearts on what they think of the current state of affairs in the country.

There is one thing common to all the people in the film: they are all related to Mansky and to each other. Contrasted views and opinions mean division within the family. Mansky himself is Russian and for him Rodnye (Close Relations) is a personal journey to his roots, a re-evaluation of his country of birth.

When people in the film tell what they think of the crisis, they relate to very different contexts and historical backgrounds – both time and location wise. Their stories and point of views

help us to find a new understanding to the conflict and the long and winding history between Ukraine and Russia.

Looking at the war through one family is a metaphorically powerful decision. Rodnye (Close Relations) shows us how war literally turns us against each other. Behind each ideological statement is an individual, someone’s brother, sister, mother or father.

Suvi Annola / Translation: Tuomo Karvonen

Languages: Russian, Ukrainian
Subtitles: English


  • Director: Vitaly Mansky
  • Country: Latvia, Germany, Estonia, Ukraine
  • Year: 2016
  • Length: 112 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Alexandra Ivanova
  • Editing: Peteris Kimelis, Gunta Ikere
  • Audio: Harmo Kallaste
  • Music: Harmo Kallaste, Mikael Tariverdiev
  • Production: Natalya Manskaya / Vertov, Guntis Trekteris / Ego Media, Simone Baumann / Saxonia Entertainment, Marianna Kaat / Baltic Film Production


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