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Alex Gibney – Citizen K #Venezia76

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A tale of power and redemption.

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6 min. and 14 sec.

PODCAST | Nicolò Comotti interviews Alex Gibney, director of the film Citizen K.

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Alex Gibney, the prolific documentary director, sits down with us to reveal his latest work: Citizen K. Centred around the figure of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the extremely wealthy Russian oligarch turned political exile and anti-Putin militant, Citizen K is an impressive document on how the wild wild East unravelled since the fall of the Soviet Union and through Putin it strives to return to its powerful, monolithic grandeur. Citizen K is out of competition in Venice 76.

Citizen K: In 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of the richest men in Russia, began a ten-year sentence for tax evasion. Many believed his downfall was challenging then newly elected president Vladimir Putin. During his time in a Siberian prison, Khodorkovsky became a world-famous dissident. Today, exiled in London, he continues to battle Putin’s 19-year hold on power. Exquisitely photographed in the UK, Russia and Germany, Citizen K examines power in Russia.

  • Reporter
    Nicolò Comotti
  • Guest
    Alex Gibney
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    Citizen K
  • Festival section
    Out of competition
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