THE TERM

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By Pavel KOSTOMAROV, Aleksandr RASTORGUEV, Aleksei PIVOVAROV

MARX FILM - as SALES / PROD

Documentary - Completed 2014

The chess game of Russian politics: how to be an opposioner in Putin's Russia

Festivals
& Awards

Karlovy Vary 2014
Documentary Competition
LET'S CEE 2014
Documentary Competition
IDFA 2014
Best of Fests
DOK Leipzig 2014
Official Program
cph:dox 2014
We Need to Talk about Russia
DocLisboa 2014
Investigations
Tbilisi IFF 2014
Kiev Molodist 2014
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    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA, ESTONIA
    • Languages
    • RUSSIAN
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pavel KOSTOMAROV, Aleksandr RASTORGUEV, Aleksei PIVOVAROV
    • Producer(s)
    • Sarkis ORBELYAN, Max TUULA (Marx Film), Maria GAVRILOVA (Marx Film)
    • Synopsis
    • This documentary project was conceived in May 2012, when Putin had just settled into the Kremlin for his third term. The original experimental format of “documentary bulletins,” which were published daily online, allowed for wide-ranging content; the feature film focused solely on the members of various opposition groups. The work’s neutral position remains and viewers have to interpret the objectively presented situations for themselves. The characteristics of this movie include close contact with the protagonists and precise editing. It arches over the lives of men and women for whom protest became their raison d’être and provides a chilling discourse on democratic rights and freedoms, the relationship of state power toward differently thinking groups, and the tendency of the masses to seek out charismatic leaders.When we started shooting this film, we wanted to answer these very questions. We neither keep a chronicle of the protest rallies, nor make a news report. We record the thoughts and emotions of these leaders. We want to understand where they lead us. What they call us up for. Even when they also face a term—in jail. We don't have the answers yet. What we want is to find the answers together. The pieces of the future film will appear online as we shoot them. Until the puzzle has been assembled. When will it happen? We don't know. Soon enough. But it’s not only us whom it depends on. Try to look at the film characters unbiased. Try to understand them. When you think you do understand—it will be The Term. All we'll have to do will be to edit the footage.
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