CITIZEN K Documentary Films


Talent attending: John-Paul Bernbach (Executive Producer), Alex Gibney (Director)

In this penetrating and gripping documentary, Academy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney charts the fascinating rise and fall —and surprising resurgence — of former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

In the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Khodorkovsky formed Yukos, which rapidly became Russia’s biggest oil company and made him one of the country’s richest men. Running afoul of Putin’s unwritten rule that oligarchs stay clear of politics, however, Khodorkovsky’s fortunes rapidly reversed, leading to his arrest, a show trial and a 10-year prison sentence in a labor camp. Upon his release and exile to London, Khodorkovsky became a human rights advocate and formed a pro-democracy group in Russia. With Khodorkovsky himself acting as a steely-eyed but immensely captivating guide, CITIZEN K captures all of the contradictions of modern Russia. –Ken Jacobson

Called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine, Director Alex Gibney has a signature cinematic style that lends itself to penetrating, gripping and deeply insightful documentaries. His work has been the recipient of an Academy Award®, multiple Emmys®, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, the Independent Spirit Award and multiple Writers Guild Awards.

Riaya Aboul Ela
Kew Media Distribution
+44 207 851 6500


Country: USA

Year: 2019

Director: Alex Gibney

Screenwriter: Alex Gibney

Producers: Alex Gibney, John Battsek, P.J. Van Sandwijk, George Chignell, Erin Edeiken

Executive Producers: Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Andrew Ruhemann, Michael Lesslie, J.P. Bernbach

Directors of Photography: Mark Garrett, Denis Sinyakov

Editor: Michael J. Palmer

Music: Robert Logan, Ivor Guest

Cast/Featuring: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Leonid Nevzlin, Igor Malashenko, Anton Drel, Maria Logan, Alexei Navalny, Tatyana Lysova, Derk Sauer, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Martin Sixsmith, Arkady Ostrovsky

Running Time (minutes): 128 min

Language: Russian