FACING THE JUDGMENT OF HISTORY
DIRECTOR: FRIDRIKH ERMLER
"The intention of the filmmaker was to denounce the white émigré movement and to give one of its leaders a chance to publically confess his sins and to admit his mistakes. However, when the film was released in 1965, the charisma, the impeccable manners, and the exquisite Russian language of the protagonist charmed the Soviet spectators to such an extent that the documentary became a box-office hit. Soviet people were queuing up to marvel at a real Russian aristocrat, the likes of which had been completely eradicated in the USSR by the 1960s. The film became such a success with audiences that the authorities decided to ban it"
Co-presented by International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA).