The Case


  • Nina Guseva
  • Russia
  • 2021
  • 76 min
  • World Premiere
  • Frontlight
Available in Docs for Sale after the world premiere at IDFA.

Summer 2019, Moscow is in grip of opposition protests. Three thousands protesters are detained, among them young activist Konstantin Kotov. Daring lawyer Maria Eismont sees that this is a politically motivated accusation. She becomes Kotov’s representative. Despite Maria's efforts the court sentences Kotov to 4 years in prison. In December 2019 during the press-conference with Vladimir Putin, the president is asked about Kotov’s case. This seems to put things into motion and Kotov’s case is sent to the court of appeal. Maria feels torn – her defendant finally has a hope but her lawyer’s work is devalued as the justice was achieved by supreme order.


Nina Guseva
Sergei Yahontov for Stereotactic film
Marina Razbezhkina for Marina Razbezhkina Studio


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Sergei Yahontov for Stereotactic film, Stereotactic film
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Sergei Yahontov for Stereotactic film

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75 min, DCP, color
Spoken languages

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Supported with €11650 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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