Under the Sun

  • Directed by Vitaliy Manskiy
  • Czech Republic/Russia, 2015, 106 mins., Korean

Shot with the permission and supervision of North Korean authorities, Russian director Vitaliy Manskiy’s film turns a propaganda effort into a deep-cover documentary about life inside one of the world’s most repressive nations. Offering a rare glimpse of everyday life in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, its subjects—a young girl and her family—ideal patriots—rigorously stick to the ideological approved script, but by keeping the camera rolling between takes of their carefully staged “real life,” Mansky reveals the grinding gears of the totalitarian message machine. “Surreal and sinister. . . a real-life version of The Truman show.”—Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter. “Critics’ Pick! Startling and chilling.The New York Times.

Genres: Documentary