The film Navalny opens the Movies that Matter Festival on Friday 8 April. Director Daniel-Roher tells the blood-curdling story of the 2020 assassination attempt on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny won the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary and the Festival Favorite Award at Sundance Film Festival 2022.
“Navalny paints a picture of a country that is sinking deeper and deeper into darkness. The years of curtailing freedoms and the current war in Ukraine show how dangerous Russia has become under Vladimir Putin. For me, our opening film illustrates crystal clear what can happen when one man takes unbridled power to himself. What happens when such a leader completely stops listening to contradiction and has his own reality. For Movies that Matter, exposing situations in which human rights are at stake is extremely urgent.” – Margje de Koning – artistic director
On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny fell severely ill on a plane coming from Siberia. He was poisoned and could only be rescued within inches of his life. The murder attempt came after years of an ever-increasing showdown between Navalny and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. In Navalny, filmmaker Daniel Roher has access to Navalny’s inner circle while he recuperates in exile in Germany, and subsequently tries to find the perpetrators with the aid of research network Bellingcat.
The Bellingcat investigator manages to identify the kill team that went after Navalny. In a truly stunning scene, Navalny talks on the telephone to the men who tried to murder him. Equally thriller-like is the plane ride back from Germany to Moscow, where Navalny knows the authorities will await him.
The Movies that Matter Festival 2022 will take place from Friday 8 to Saturday 16 April in The Hague, across the country and online. Ticket sales will start on Thursday 24 March.