Programmed by Jean-Marie Barbe
Were my grandparents Soviet spies in the 30s in Paris ? I bring to my brother Pierre a suitcase full of memories. Our investigation starts between France and Russia, yesterday and today.
A strange and remarkable film from Vladimir Léon in the company of his older brother and accomplice; a duo’s investigation to try and elucidate the shadowy grey areas of their own family’s history.
And a strange family, consciously part of the great Franco-Russian history of the communist Soviet aristocracy.
As strange as this universe, in which personal relationships and revolutionary romanticism are inextricably linked to State intelligence and paranoia.
And remarkable like the self-dramatisation of Vladimir and his brother that makes us want to know more, involving us right from the start in their detective work. Again, Matryoshka dolls would be a good metaphor for these layers of reality, with each step providing the opportunity for a date with the facts, evidence and protagonists. From place to place, hypotheses are refined and secrets revealed… and we observe without surprise that the past is never over, and that surveillance and distrust are still very much the order of the day in contemporary Russia.
Producer, Editorial Coordinator of Tënk and Co-founder of the États Généraux du Film Documentaire de Lussas