In 2020 December, Navalny will reveal a longer version of the rambling conversation that supposedly lasted for 49 minutes. With the discretion of a writer, Roher has distilled this call into its essential six minutes (although he has not drawn attention to this, and a close comparison of the editing suggests the movie has tightened not just for time but for drama).
Navalny cites the admissions as evidence of a phenomena he dubs “Moscow4,” after the password that allowed its cracking. It’s when idiots try to bring down the structure.
Besides the incredible opportunity to listen in on that phone call, Roher has put together a riveting and stressful portrait of Navalny and his close group.
A documentary about either Pevchikh, who has an executive-producer credit, or Grozev, who can find material in murky areas of the internet with astonishing ease, would be fascinating.
(Grozev and Roher had already crossed paths on another project, and Grozev introduced him to Navalny.)
In Germany, where Navalny recuperated after being poisoned, he records the politician and his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, feeding farm animals and debating whether or not it is appropriate to take an apple from a tree. It would appear that Navalny knows his way around TikTok better than his college-age daughter.
After a recent New York showing of his film, director Christian Roher admitted that Navalny is a natural in front of the camera. The documentary occasionally makes note of the fact that Navalny is image conscious, like when Pevchikh inquires as to whether or not Roher’s inquiries are upsetting him.
There’s no denying Roher’s admiration for Navalny, and it’s conceivable the only challenging question we get is the standard one of whether or not Navalny was wrong to attend a 2011 rally of far-right nationalists.
Building to a tense review of Navalny’s post-recovery return to Russia in January 2021, when his jet was diverted from the airport where his fans had gathered. Not long after he touched down, police picked him up.
Furthermore, a conversation that takes place in silence stands out in a film full of international intrigue. An officer from Covid compliance reviews the paperwork after Navalny has been taken away and gives the green light to Navalnaya. As a thank you, he adds, “and your husband.”
Explicit language from Navalny after learning he had been poisoned. includes subtitles in both Russian and English. The duration of the film is 1 hr 38 min. View on HBO Max and CNN platforms.