Russian Lessons
Filmfest 2010

The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists, Olga and Andrei, one on each side of the frontline during last year's Russian-Georgian war. Their personal take on war, politics, political culture and history focuses first of all on human drama before coming up with assessments, which gradually emerge, however, as the intercut double journey progresses, the two meet on the frontline and return to their native St. Petersburg with their footage. In the cutting room, the filmmakers analyse and edit their material, and this process becomes a part of the film. Using this device, the film strives to integrate hard fact analysis into the narrative of the two filmmakers' journey through space and time, but also through the minefield of propaganda and emotional manipulation that have surrounded the Russo-Georgian confrontation. Importantly, the film puts the recent war in the context of the post-Soviet history which has managed to keep its darkest pages away from the international public’s attention.

with: Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Dimitry Medvedev, Eduard Shevardnadze, Vissarion Apliaa, Valery Gergiev, Gen. Mamuka Khurashvili, Marat Kulakhmetov, Mikhail Saakashvili, Olga Konskaya, Andrei Nekrasov

tags: Documentary


Director: Andrei Nekrasov, Olga Konskaya