Sag Harbor Cinema, in collaboration with Hamptons Doc Fest,
presents Citizen K. Alex Gibney’s new documentary
is the Friday Night Spotlight Film at the 12th Annual Hamptons Doc Fest
December 6th, 8pm. Bay Street Theater
A Jigsaw production, released in the US by Greenwich Entertainment, Citizen K had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney moderated by SHC Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.
“Whether it’s Putin’s Russia, Enron, the war in Afghanistan, Julian Assange, Scientology or the perils of Silicon Valley, Alex Gibney has tackled some of the most complex and most defining issues of our time with a unique blend of courage, depth and limpidity.” says D’Agnolo Vallan. “His contribution to our understanding of the world around us is invaluable. Citizen K is a work of in-depth journalism that plays like a political thriller, and we are very happy to renew our collaboration with Hamptons Doc Fest with this very timely film.”
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 seized and following a series of show trials, 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.
“Getting Khodorkovsky to look back was tough at first,” Gibney admits, “for a number of reasons. First, he doesn’t like to look back, only forward. Second, as a businessman, and later as a dissident, he had learned that in order to survive, you must betray very little. But there were times, such as when we were reviewing footage, that we got him to be in the moment. That was very valuable. He had an uncanny ability to analyze events and key characters – particularly Putin – and proved to be very candid about certain moments in his past.”
As an interview subject overall though, Gibney admits, “At the outset, I found Khodorkovsky a bit unnerving. He is shy, but there’s a certain steeliness in his smile.” But as the interviews continued, Khodorkovsky began to open up more “and we were able to discuss subjects more thoroughly with some emotional honesty”.
Director Alex Gibney called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine has a signature cinematic style that lends itself to penetrating, gripping, and deeply insightful documentaries. His work has been the recipient of an Academy Award, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award and The Writers Guild Awards.
Some of Gibney’s notable films include the triple Emmy and Peabody award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, the most-watched non-music HBO documentary; the Academy Award – winning Taxi to The Dark Side, the Oscar nominated Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room, the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa; The Armstrong Lie, We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks, the Peabody award-winning Zero
Days, No Stone Unturned which premiered at the New York Film Festival in September of 2017. His most recent film The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Documentary.
The screening and conversation will take place on Sunday, December 6, 8pm, at Bay Street Theater (1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, 11963). Tickets are $25, and can be purchased online at https://www.hamptonsdocfest.com/tickets-2019/citizen-k or at www.hamptonsdocfest.org
To purchase by phone, contact the Bay Street Box office at 631-725-9500, or visit Tuesday- Sundays 11 am to 5pm daily.