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Directed by Daniel Roher
98 minutes
All Ages
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Filmed in secret, this revealing and suspenseful documentary on Alexei Navalny – the Russian opposition leader poisoned with a nerve agent – won the Audience Award, Sundance 2022.
In August 2020, Navalny fell seriously ill on a flight to Moscow. Following an emergency landing in Siberia, he was taken to a local hospital before eventually being evacuated to Berlin where doctors confirmed he’d been poisoned with Novichok – a toxin implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government. As he recuperates in Germany with his family, Navalny seeks to uncover the truth behind the plot to silence him, with the help of Bellingcat journalist Christo Grozev. Documentarian Daniel Roher films the charismatic and handsome Russian, by turns charming and forceful, as he uncovers shocking facts and exposes them to the world. Don’t miss this unique and highly pertinent documentary.
The comparison to a Hollywood plot is apt; one scene in which Navalny prank calls his would-be assassins and tricks one to reveal the details of the plot… left my jaw on the floor.
Adrian Horton, the Guardian
Navalny has all the drama of a spy novel, more in fact.
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
Navalny successfully doubles as an espionage procedural and a portrait of one man’s war against an authoritarian regime. It balances a magazine-style profile and a probing independent inquiry into a brutal state-sanctioned assassination attempt.
Vikram Murthi, Vanity Fair


Sat 11 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 1
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Sat 18 Jun
State Theatre
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Sun 19 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 4
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Program Strand
Special Presentations
All Ages
In English and Russian with English subtitles
Daniel Roher
Diane Becker, Shane Boris, Melanie Miller, Odessa Rae
Niki Waltl
Aleks Gezentsvey, Eammon O’Connor
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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