Sunrise/Sunset

  • 72'
  • Russia
  • 2008
The influential Russian film maker Vitaly Mansky has created a series of documentary portraits of famous politicians such as Putin, Yeltsin and Gorbachev. However, the director confessed that working on a film about the Dalai Lama presented a very special challenge - both professionally and personally. Mansky set out on a journey to Dharamsala, residence of the exiled leader, knowing very little about Buddhism. This was a true journey of discovery, and the film is a 'travel log' rather than a 'portrait'.
Mansky combines unique footage of his informal conversations with the Dalai Lama and the chronicles of His Holiness’s public audiences with scenes of daily life in Dharamsala. The director is fascinated with his subject but manages to keep enough distance to avoid dogmatism. The person we see in Mansky’s film is a charismatic philosopher who preaches peace by challenging conventional truth. Mansky embraces the challenge and invites us to follow suit.
Sunrise/Sunset is not just a record of an ordinary day in the life of an extraordinary thinker who believes that his 'rebirth is limitless'. It is a documentary essay on the plight of Eurasia, and as the director’s train crosses the border from overcrowded China back into the depopulated wilderness of eastern Russia, we are presented with an unsettling image of the state of modern civilisation. (MB)



Director
Vitaly Mansky
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
72'
Medium
Betacam SP PAL
Original title
Rassvet/zakat
Languages
Russian, English
Producers
Alexey Kucherenko, Vitaly Mansky
Production Company
Vertov. Realnoe kino
Sales
Vertov. Realnoe kino
Screenplay
Vitaly Mansky
Cinematography
Irina Shatalova
Editor
Vitaly Mansky
Sound Design
Evgeny Goryainov