The Pipeline

About the film

Title: The Pipeline
Title in Russian: Труба
Production company: Vertov. Real cinema, Hypermarket Film, Saxonia Entertainment GmbH
Country of production: Russia, Czech Republic, Italy
Year of Production: 2013
Duration: 119 min.
Film made with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
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Film crew

Scriptwriter: Vitaly Manskiy
Film director: Vitaly Manskiy
Producer: Natalya Manskaya, Vitaliy Manskiy, Simone Baumann, Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Director of photography: Alexandra Ivanova
Sound director: Dmitry Nazarov


Pipeline is a film about modern Europe, about two of its edges, or to put it more precisely – two of its extremes.


Pipeline is a film about modern Europe, about two of its edges, or to put it more precisely – two of its extremes. This is a film about Europe, which spans from the barren land of eternal winters of Siberia to the complaisant Bay of Biscay, where even the laws of nature form fundamentally different paradigms of human existence. What can possibly connect such ostensibly different lives? Tangibly, it does so through the pipeline "Western Siberia – Western Europe". The pipeline has, however, not only connected but also inextricably verged "this" Russia with "that" Europe.

Festival and awards
Date Festival Form of participation Award
48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2013, Czech Republic Documentary competition Best Documentary Film over 30 minutes long
Open Russian FF Kinotavr 2013, Russia Main competition Prize for Best Direction
Open Russian FF Kinotavr 2013, Russia Main competition Prize of the Guild of Film Critics and Film Scholars “White Elephant”
DOK Leipzig 2013, Germany Competition MDR Film Prize (for an excellent Eastern European documentary film)
London BFI FF 2013 Documentary Competition Special mentioning of the jury for exquisite cinematography
IDFA Amsterdam 2013 Out of competition - Master's section
01.2014 Göteborg International Film Festival Focus on Russia
01.2014 Docpoint IDFF Hard Core section
XIII Flahertiana IDF Perm 2013, Russia Opening Film
IFF "Message to man" International Competition
Odessa IFF 2013, Ukraine Competition
Batumi Art-House FF 2013, Georgia Competition


About the film director Vitaly Manskiy:

Vitaly Manskiy
Born December 2, 1963 in Lvov, Ukraine.
Graduated from All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His first film appeared in 1989, and since then he has made more than 30 films. Selected filmography:
Lenin's Body (1992);
Bliss (1996);
Private Chronicles: Monologue (1999);
Putin. The Leap Year (2001);
Broadway. Black Sea (2002);
TATU's Anatomy (2003);
Our Motherland (2005);
Virginity (2008);
Sunrise/Sunset: Dalai Lama XIV (2008);
Patria o muerte (2011).

His works were presented at more than 400 international film festivals (e.g., Cannes, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, Oberhausen, San Francisco, Locarno, Munich, etc.).

He has received over 50 festival awards, including Silver Dove at DOK Leipzig, Best Directing Award at Locarno IFF, Prix Court Metrage Visions du réel Nyon, Golden Spire at San Francisco FF, IDFA Amsterdam, and others.

Vitaly Manskiy is also the founder and director of the documentary festival Artdokfest.


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