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Citizen K

2019, Alex Gibney, UK/USA, 126 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 24th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Jan 24th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 25th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 26th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Jan 27th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 28th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 29th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jan 30th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"A wildly entertainingly and timely picture…rich in detail yet as neatly presented as a political thriller."—Ed Gibbs, Little White Lies

"Fascinating…a grippingly clear and comprehensive overview of post-Soviet Russia."—David Ehrlich, Indiewire

Alex Gibney, the prolific auteur of such award-winning investigative documentaries as TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE and GOING CLEAR, sets his sights on recent Russian history in this portrait of former oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The title's nod to CITIZEN KANE is apt; like Orson Welles's fictional tycoon, Khodorkovsky is seen as a bundle of contradictions who is as charismatic as he is confounding. From humble half-Jewish roots, he rose during the "gangster capitalism" phase of post-Soviet Russia to become the wealthiest man in the country. After helping to engineer the ascendancy of Vladimir Putin, Khodorkovsky grew recklessly critical of Putin's authoritarian policies, leading to his 2003 arrest on trumped-up charges, a ten-year incarceration in a Siberian prison, and current exile in London. It remains an open question whether Khodorkovsky is a martyr or an opportunist with too many skeletons in his closet, as Gibney sets this character portrait in a context of rampant wealth and diminishing democracy that extends far beyond Russia. In Russian and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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