Naum Kleiman, director of the Moscow Film Museum, has a reputation such that when the Russian Minister of Culture fired him, the latest in a long line of trials he had faced, the Museum’s entire staff resigned in protest. On opening in 1989, the museum had been a haven for artistic and intellectual discussion, as loyal punters such as Leviathan director Andrey Zvyagintsev attest. But as perestroika dwindled, interference increased and Kleiman was consistently undermined. Wearing his troubles nobly, Tatiana Brandrup’s vibrant film presents him as a modern Russian hero and a passionate advocate for the power of cinema.
This event is screening as part of IFI Documentary Festival 2015 (September 23 – 27)