THE NEW GREATNESS CASE
Finlandia – Croazia – Norvegia / Finland – Croatia – Norway
2022, HD, col., 92’
v.o. russa / Russian o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Anna Šišova. Fotografia / Photography: Aleksandra Ivanova. Montaggio / Editing: Waltteri Vanhanen. Musica / Music: Kārlis Auzāns. Suono / Sound: Tihomir Vrbanec. Produzione / Produced by: IV Films. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Piraya Film, Nukleus film. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Autlook Filmsales.
Anya was an ordinary teenager who dreamed of making life in Russia better. In March 2018 she was incarcerated on charges of forming an extremist group with the aim to violently overthrow the government. During three following years her mother Yulia desperately struggles to prove her daughter’s innocence. Fighting for justice (…) Yulia has been transformed from an apolitical citizen into a passionate human rights activist.
“We started production in 2018 when there were still a few independent media outlets in Russia, and at least so-called “authorized” protest rallies were still possible. Through the story of our characters, we witnessed firsthand how our society plunged into totalitarianism, fear and violence. During our filming period all independent media were banned and hundreds of new political cases appeared. More and more activists, who were determined to protest, have been imprisoned and tortured. It was these processes that made possible and caused the terrible war that Russia unleashed against Ukraine.” (A. Shishova)
Documentary filmmaker based in Tel Aviv, Anna Shishova graduated from Moscow State University in Modern Russian History and in documentary filmmaking from VGIK. Her documentaries Katya and On the Edge enjoyed great success with critics and won a number of awards. She has been working as a freelancer, making documentaries and commercial videos, and over the last few collaborating with her husband and fellow filmmaker Dmitry Bogolyubov.
The New Greatness Case was selected in many international film festivals including the Sheffield Doc Fest, Zurich FF and IDFA in Amsterdam.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2013 Katya doc. mm / ml; Premi / Awards: Queens World FF – Premio della giuria per il Miglior documentario e Migliore fotografia / Jury Award for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography 2014 On the Edge doc. mm / ml 2022 The New Greatness Case doc.; Premi / Awards: IDFA – Premio IDFA Forum / IDFA Forum Award. Rab FF – Premio RAFF Periscope per il Miglior documentario / RAFF Periscope for Best Documentary