Cyril Tuschi • Germany • 2011
Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s life has followed a peculiar trajectory–from the top of Russian society, to a Siberian prison. His meteoric rise tracked alongside that of Putin and his sycophants amidst the cowboy capitalism characterizing post-Soviet Russia, first as the proprietor of the nation’s first private bank during the Yeltsin years, then as head of Russian oil company Yukos. Eventually, however, Khodorkovsky ran afoul of the regime, and was arrested in 2003 on charges of tax evasion and fraud.
A formidable piece of investigative journalism, Khodorkovsky traces the decades-spanning metamorphosis of one of the most fascinating figures in Putin’s Russia–the rare oligarch turned political dissident. Cyril Tuschi's first documentary premiered at Berlin, Istanbul. Vancouver, and the Munich International Documentary Festival, where it won the Documentary Film Award. Khodorkovsky is a New York Times Critics' Pick.