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Putin’s Games

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The Russian city of Sochi was a bizarre choice of host for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Known as “Russia’s Riviera”, Sochi is a traditional summer resort for Russia’s rich and beautiful, and, at the time that the International Olympics Committee made their decision, did not have a single venue fit for Olympic purposes. ‘Putin’s Games’ exposes the questionable nature of the entire Sochi nomination, whilst following the construction of a faux “winter” in a sub-tropical environment. The controversies become increasingly convoluted as the Winter Olympics draw nearer.


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Running Time: 90 min.
Subject(s): Current Affairs, Ecology, Environment, Investigative Journalism, Law and Justice, Politics, Russian Cinema and Culture, Sports
Language(s): Russian
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Simone Baumann, Heinrich Ambrosch, Sasha see all »
Cinematographer: Konstantin Ovtchinnikov
Editor(s): Evgeny Ruman
Production Company: Saxonia Entertainment, Satel Film, Sasha Klein Productions

Press

  • Since the movie was a co-production of Germany, Austria and Israel with no Russian money involved, Russian authorities could not censor the movie which is now getting noticed by an international crowd. Putin’s Games already won an award in Cannes for the 'best project' at the International television trade market and was presented in Amsterdam
    The Guardian
    Alsu Salakhutdinov
  • This stranger-than-fiction tale would surely warm George Orwell’s satirical soul, were he around to see a docu destined to delight fest auds everywhere but Russia itself.
    Variety
    Peter Debruge

Festival & Awards

  • IDFA - 2013
  • Gothenburg Film Festival - 2014
  • “Artdocfest”- Russian Open Documentary Film Festival - 2013
  • Goteborg International Film Festival - 2014
  • 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - 2014
  • Docudays UA, Kiev, Ukraine - 2014
  • One World Romania International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Romania - 2014
  • One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic - 2014
  • Human Rights Human Wrongs Documentary Film Festival Oslo - 2014
  • One World International Human Rights Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium - 2014
  • “May 32” – International Human Rights Film Festival, Saint Petersburg - 2014

additional materials

  • Film Poster
  • Introduction: Winter Olympics Sochi 2014: what is at stake? by Martin Müller

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Hi! I've just shown "Putin's Games" to my high school AP Comparative Politics class. (In this class, students study the political systems of six countries -- Russia is one of them.) We have been looking at Russia through the lens of the Sochi Games and Ukraine turmoil. "Putin's Games" was GREAT/interesting film for them to see!! Nan Wright, St. Thomas' Episcopal School
Nan Write, February 23, 2014

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