Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Details: 94 min, USA/Russia, 2013
Filmmaker(s): Maxim Pozdorovkin & Tony Gerber
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Filmmakers Maxim Pozdorovkin and Tony Gerber will attend in person for Q&A moderated by Peter Galison, co-director of the Film Study Center at Harvard and co-director of SECRECY.
Synopsis: Viktor Bout was a Russian entrepreneur, a war profiteer, an aviation magnate, an arms smuggler and, strangest of all, an amateur filmmaker. Until three days prior to his arrest on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, Bout kept the camera running, documenting a life spent in the gray areas of international law. Dubbed the “merchant of death” and portrayed by Nicolas Cage in LORD OF WAR, Viktor Bout can justifiably be called the world’s most famous arms dealer. With unprecedented access to Bout’s home movies and DEA surveillance material gathered during the sting operation to bring him down, THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT is a portrait of a life much mythologized but little understood.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Film Study Center
DocYard Shorts – New England: Prior to each feature screening, The DocYard will theatrically present one short nonfiction work. This season, we showcase a selection of works made in and about New England, or by New England-based filmmakers. Tonight we present THE SILLY BASTARD NEXT TO THE BED (2014, 8 min) by Scott Calonico, a documentary short about one of the funniest calls ever made from the Oval Office.