Wildcard Distribution has released the official UK / Irish cinema trailer for Academy Award-winning writer/director, Alex Gibney’s acclaimed documentary, CITIZEN K, which will open in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 13 December.
CITIZEN K, which had its Irish premiere at the Cork Film Festival, 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 engrossing story as a way to explore the complex interplay between oligarchy and government, and its destructive effect on democracy, in Russia and beyond.
Alex Gibney is no stranger to controversy. Through such memorable documentaries as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side, Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, and No Stone Unturned, he has travelled into the heart of darkness and unmasked corruption, deception, and perfidy.
Since its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, where it received rapturous critical and audience response calling it “wildly entertaining” and “a scalding portrait of Putin’s Russia”, CITIZEN K has screened at some of the top festivals in the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival. It will screen at the prestigious IDFA documentary film festival in Amsterdam this month.
Amazon Studios financed the film, which was produced by Alex Gibney, John Battsek, P.J. Van Sandwijk, George Chignell and Erin Edeiken for Jigsaw Productions, Passion Pictures and Storyteller Productions. Wildcard acquired the UK and Irish theatrical rights from Kew Media.
Wildcard Distribution will release CITIZEN K in UK and Ireland on 13th December.