Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

The Case (2020)

He was a lawyer, politician, mayor of Saint Petersburg and a mentor of Vladimir Putin. He witnessed and participated in the most important political changes of the 1990s, created the new post-communist constitution but also contributed to the growth of corruption. The portrait of Anatoly Sobchak is created by his family members, friends and collaborators.

Anatoly Sobchak was a democrat of the first wave in Gorbachev era and the first mayor of St. Petersburg who ironically brought Vladimir Putin into power. Ksenia Sobchak, daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, tries to answer the questions why pro-democracy activist Sobchak brought Vladimir Putin, a KGB officer, into power and why Boris Yeltsin chose Putin as his successor. We uncover the events of the power succession, untold special agent Putin’s operation and Sobchak’s pivotal role in it and the effect of the criminal case against him.

As Anatoly Sobchak’s career declines, the film depicts a vivid picture of how the security establishment, army generals and KGB chiefs, conspired against him. We see how, step by step, they regained the ground they lost under Gorbachev. When Sobchak was forced to emigrate, this was a big victory for the security establishment. The political experience of Sobchak’s fall seems to have been one of the main lessons learned by Vladimir Putin, the lesson of what NOT to do. It is an experience of failure.


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Film Title : The Case
Language : venäjä
Director : Vera Kritševskaja
Year : 2019
Length : 105
Age limit : K7
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Daniil Salkhov
Editing : Nikita Ivanov, Vladimir Te, Alexander Te, Vladimir Dvornikov
Music : Andrei Antonecs, Evgeny Ignashev
Producer : Nino Maisaia
Production Company : Magnetic Film Company
Title in Original Language : Дело Собчака

Screenings :
Tue 28.1. at 21.00, Kinopalatsi 6
Wed 29.1. at 15.00, Maxim 2
Sun 2.2. at 12.00, Kinopalatsi 8