Filmmaker Vitaly Mansky is set to be honored at the 19th annual Thessaloniki Documentary Festival with a tribute to his work.
The Ukranian-born Russian director will present a roster of his films and speak to the audience about the making of his documentaries.
Manksy has more than 30 titles to his name and has been awarded at many international festivals. He’s explored a number of controversial (and potentially dangerous) issues, from delving into the current political situation in North Korea to highlight the socialpolitcal unrest in Russia.
His latest film Close Relations (pictured) puts his Ukranian family front and centre, using their stories to explore the Russian-Ukranian conflict. He’s also ventured into the difficult-to-reach North Korea for his Under the Sun doc in 2015, which explores the illusion of the perfect life its citizen lead; followed the unfolding of the Trans-Siberia pipeline in Russia in 2013′s Pipeline; explored the hidden culture and politics of Cuba in 2011′s Motherland or Death; connected with old classmates who took an oath as Soviet Union Young Pioneers (a youth group dedicated to indoctrinating youth into communism) in 2005′s Gagarin’s Pioneers; dove into the life of those on holiday in 2002′s Broadway. Black Sea; and also explored his own autobiography in 1999′s Private Chronicles. Monologue.
The Thessaloniki festival runs March 3 to 12, 2017 in the eponymous Greek city.
Photo: Still from Close Relations trailer.