Estonia, Norway | 2023 | 104 min

Ekaterinburg is a city located east of the Urals. Here the last czar, Nicholas II, and his family, the Romanovs, met their death in 1918, executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries. Here, in present-day Russia, the nostalgia for imperial glory seems to have rekindled. The Last Relic, filmed over the four years prior to the invasion of Ukraine, outlines a powerful fresco of a provincial town on the border of Europe and Siberia, amidst historical re-enactments and military parades, and a feeble political opposition taking shape, without ever putting a dent in Putin’s power machine. Young Igor, committed to ‘left-wing’ protests, and old-school activists are a small minority that has been isolated by political repression. Estonian filmmaker Mariana Kaat made a film that explores the political and social tensions affecting contemporary Russia, where all aspirations to freedom seem to be doomed to failure. (a.d.)

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 10 Nov 2023
  • Time: 10:30


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Marianna Kaat


Marianna Kaat

Marianna Kaat is an Estonian documentary filmmaker. She founded the independent production company Baltic Film Production (BFP) in 1998. She also teaches documentary practice at Tallinn University for Baltic Film in Estonia.

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