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Serhii Lysenko

The Collapse. How the Ukrainians destroyed the evil empire

The Collapse. How the Ukrainians destroyed the evil empire

Release Date
2021

Documentary

Synopsis

October 1991. Shocking headlines in Russian newspapers: a possibility of a nuclear strike on Kyiv is seriously discussed in Moscow. Also back in June 1991, a classified CIA report described four scenarios for the future of the USSR, one of them envisaged the collapse of the Evil Empire and a nuclear Apocalypse. The KGB saw the scenario of the future as a possible action plan. Both the US president and the KGB head had the same fear. Though, the US regarded Gorbachev as a solution, whereas the KGB considered him as a problem. In August 1991, mutineers isolated Gorbachev and brought the tanks to the streets of Moscow under the slogans of salvaging the USSR.

The clanking of tank tracks pinned the attention of the world to the events undergoing in the world's nuclear capital. This puzzle had been missing several important fragments for 30 years: what prompted the rebels to actions that moved the avalanche of the events burying the USSR?
Who ruined the Evil Empire in reality?

Language: Ukrainian
Length: 7 series/ 336 minutes
Delivery format: 16:9, Full HD
Frame rate: 25 f/sec

Serhii Lysenko
DIRECTOR’S BIO

Sergey Lysenko was born in 1964. Graduated from the Film Faculty of the Kiev Institute of Theatrical Art in 1986.
Worked as a director at the Olexander Dovzhenko film studio, on TV channels "1 + 1" and "Inter". He was the author and host of several television programs. Member of the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine.

Films:
“The end of the vacation” (short-length, 1986).
“The Border Under the Lock” (medium-length, 1989). The main prize at the Mediawave Visual Arts Festival in Gyor, Hungary.
“Ivan Kozlovsky” (full-length documentary, 2001).
“Positive People” (full-length documentary, 2005).
“Seven Days to the Wedding” (full-length feature for TV, 2007).
“Secret Freedom” (full-length documentary, 2012). The Art prize of Kyiv City.
“The Raid” (full-length feature, 2018).

Credits
DIRECTOR
Serhii Lysenko
SCRIPT
Oleksandr Zinchenko
CINEMATOGRAPHER
Serhii Mykhalchuk
Dmytro Sanin
ART DIRECTOR
Max Smetana
PRODUCERS
Vitaliy Sheremetiev
Olha Beskhmelnytsina
PRODUCED FOR
Suspilne Media
Kateryna Gornostai
STOP-ZEMLIA
Mantas Kvedaravičius
PARTHENON
Dekel Berenson
ANNA