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Film "Khodorkovsky": Like in a crime thriller

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Cyril Tuschi, the director of the documentary, felt he was in a bad crime thriller Khodorkovsky , said last week after his Berlin production facility was broken into and two laptops, two PCs and the 111-minute final version of the film were stolen. This break-in actually looked so much like a bad crime thriller that some Berlinale journalists suspected a PR maneuver.

Since a preliminary version had been submitted to the Berlinale before the break-in, the premiere of the film about the Russian oligarch, multimillionaire and Putin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky could take place.

Not just the circumstances, but also the content of Khodorkovsky would be classic crime thriller: A highly talented chemistry student first makes a career in the communist youth organization, then money, and in the post-Soviet chaos of Russia in the early 1990s first becomes the founder of a bank, then an oil giant, then a multi-millionaire. He makes enemies, legends are formed and the rumor of contract killings is making the rounds. Only: who spread these rumors and what for?

But the Khodorkovsky case does not have to be spun into fictionality - the true story of the rise and fall of Mikhail Khodorkovsky is extremely exciting regardless of how the viewer feels politically about the Khodorkovsky case.

This is less because Tuschi's film would be dramaturgically brilliant. Ultimately is Khodorkovsky a better collection of anecdotes and quotes from fellow travelers. Tuschi stages himself in Khodorkovsky initially as a Michael Moore with few prejudices: a lone fighter, his camera, many questions, a lot of courage. The fact that Tuschi rarely cross-examines his interlocutors, but rather gives them space for their theories and ideas, was criticized even before the film was projected - and rightly so.