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FILM OPENS: February 07, 2020

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Oscar® winning writer/director Alex Gibney’s revelatory CITIZEN K is an intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia from the perspective of the enigmatic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that ensued after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able to amass a fortune in financing and oil production and became the richest man in Russia. But when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested, his assets were seized and following a series of show trials, he was sentenced to more than ten-years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin’s two-decade stranglehold on power. Expertly researched and photographed, Gibney uses Khodorkovsky’s story as a way to explore the complex interplay between oligarchy and government and its destructive effect on democracy, in Russia and beyond.

  • Director: Alex Gibney
  • Country: UK, USA
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 02:08:00
  • imdb Score: 7.4/10 (59 votes)
  • Language: Russian, English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Putin, Leonid Nevzlin, Boris Berezovsky
"[Gibney's] film does present Khodorkovsky in context in a way that I haven’t seen before. He was the oligarch smart enough – and ruthless enough – to do as well or better than anyone in the Yeltsin/Putin free-for-all years, and then his smartness and ruthlessness perhaps gave him a perspective on it all."
Peter Bradshaw - THE GUARDIAN

"Political intrigues, potential murder plots – oh, and Putin’s rise-to-power and consequent 18-year-reign – Gibney serves it up, warts and all."
Alex Saveliev - FILM THREAT

"Authoritative and dense — though never dull — at over two hours, CITIZEN K is the prolific docmaker’s most rewarding feature in several years, attaching his typically methodical research to a cheerfully slippery, charismatic human subject who, even on the side of right, is cagey in the face of investigation."
Guy Lodge - VARIETY

FESTIVALS

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2019

Venice Film Festival 2019

Hamptons Int'l Film Festival 2019

London Film Festival 2019

Warsaw Film Festival 2019

AFI Fest 2019