• The New Greatness Case
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The New Greatness Case

by Anna Shishova Documentary Competition

It is 5:20 in the morning in Moscow. Heavily armed police storm the apartment of 17-year-old Anya. Accused of extremism, the teenager soon finds herself trembling like a hunted animal, sealed off behind thick glass in a courtroom. Her undoing? The young protagonist discussed Russian politics and social issues with her friends in the "The New Greatness" chat group. Henceforth, Anya's mother fights tirelessly together with courageous activists for her daughter's freedom. THE NEW GREATNESS CASE offers a rare glimpse into the inner-Russian resistance struggle against an overpowering and intimidating system that silences people.

About the director(s)

Filmmaker Anna Shishova studied Russian history before graduating with a degree in documentary filmmaking from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Her short documentary film KATYA (2013) won several awards, including the Jury Award at Queens World Film Festival. After shooting ON THE EDGE (2014), she collaborated with ARTE on several productions, including TOWN OF GLORY (2019). Her debut feature-length documentary film THE NEW GREATNESS CASE had its world premiere at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Filmography (selection): The New Greatness Case (doc, 2022) | On the Edge (short film, doc, 2014) | Katya (short film, doc, 2013)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: DOC: Social Interest & Politics
  • Country, Year: Finland, Croatia, Norway, 2022
  • Runtime: 93 Min
  • Languages: Russian
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Anna Shishova
  • Screenplay: Anna Shishova
  • Cinematography: Alexandra Ivanova, Dmitry Bogolubov, Zosia Rodkevich, Anna Shishova
  • Editors: Waltteri Vanhanen, Una Gunjak, Joelle Alexis, Dmitry Bogolubov, Torstein Grude
  • Sound: Tihomir Vrbanec
  • Music: Karlis Auzans
  • Producers: Vlad Ketkovich, Iikka Vehkalahti, Siniša Juričić, Torstein Grude, Ina Fichman
  • Production Companies: IV Films LTD, Nukleus Film d.o.o., Piraya Film AS
  • World Sales: Autlook Filmsales GmbH
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