Give Me Liberty

About

Vic, a hapless young Russian American, drives a handicapped transport in Milwaukee, where he shares an apartment with his grandfather. Already late on a day when street protests break out, Vic reluctantly agrees to ferry his grandfather and a dozen elderly Russians to a funeral, but they’re distressed when he stops first in a predominantly African American neighborhood to pick up Tracy, a black woman with ALS. On the verge of being fired, Vic’s day goes from bad to worse.

Kirill Mikhanovsky’s hilarious, heartbreaking debut feature draws from personal experience to create—with writer Alice Austen—a raw, inventive “day in the life” story about marginalized characters encountering literal and figurative roadblocks, the American dream nowhere to be found.

A charming, comedic look at ordinary people and a rigged system, Give Me Liberty has a flavor of the Czech New Wave, using a supremely light touch, wry dissent, nonprofessional actors, and unscripted moments. Its heart and soul rests in wonderful moments of impromptu interaction that are so genuine and contain a universe of compassion and understanding.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY NEXT

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 119 min

LANGUAGE English and Russian

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Give Me Liberty Mfg.

WEBSITE http://www.givemelibertyproductions.com

EMAIL alice_austen@mac.com

PHONE (414) 702-2218

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Artist Bio

Kirill Mikhanovsky

Kirill Mikhanovsky’s Sonhos de Peixe premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Critic’s Week and won the Prix Regard Jeune. Other work includes Inhale, Exhale (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival) and Coming to You, which he directed and co-wrote with Alice Austen. An alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Film Program and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, he founded Give Me Liberty Productions with Austen in 2015.