Rodnye (Close Relations)

Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore country’s society after the Maidan revolution as mirrored within his own large Ukrainian family. They live scattered all across the country: in Lviv, Odessa, the separatist area in Donbass, and Sevastopol on Crimea. The film is looking for reasons of the conflict after which citizens of a single country found themselves on different sides of the barricades.
The main narrative takes place in the here and now, starting with the turning point of ex-president Victor Yanukovych’s flight to Russia. But below the main narrative there is a strong historical undercurrent, because the lives of protagonists of the film are marked by history on every step they take. This undercurrent will carry information about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict’s deep roots in centuries of close ties between the two countries.



Country of Production
Latvia, Germany, Estonia, Ukraine

Year of Production


60 / 90 / 112 min

Vitaly Mansky

Vertov, Ego Media, Saxonia Entertainment, Baltic Film Production in co-production with 435 Films in collaboration with BR, LTV, ERR, LRT, YLE

Original Language
Russian, Ukrainian


Festivals / Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF 2016
Odessa IFF 2016
Toronto IFF 2016
Batumi Art FF 2016 (Special Mention)
Bergen IFF 2016
BFI London IFF 2016
Riga IFF 2016 (opening film)
Dok Leipzig 2016
Nordic Film Days Luebeck 2016
IDFA Amsterdam 2016
Trieste IFF 2017 (Cinema Warrior - Cultural Resistance Award)
Ukrainian IFF Brussels 2017
DocPoint IDF Helsinki 2017
Göteborg IFF 2017
ZagrebDox 2017
Thessaloniki IDF 2017
One World HRFF Prague 2017
Vilnius IFF 2017
It’s All True IDF 2017
Visions du Réel Nyon 2017
Crossing Europe IFF Linz 2017 (CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary)
GoEast FF Wiesbaden 2017
Ukrainian FF Tbilisi 2017
IndieLisboa 2017
DocAviv IDF Tel Aviv 2017
Seattle IFF 2017
Krakow IFF 2017
Al Este de Lima FF 2017
Russian Cinema Week Rio de Janeiro 2017
Moldox IDF 2017
Ukrainia! FF Warsaw 2017
Ukrainian FF Winnipeg 2017
Move It HRFF Dresden 2017
Ukrainian Film Days Prague 2017
Watch Docs HRFF Warsaw 2017
One World HRFF Bucharest 2018
Febiofest Bratislava 2022