THE OTHER CHELSEA


Donetsk is the coal-mining area of Ukraine. Here most people work for low wages in the run down mines, while others make a lot of money. No matter which side of the social divide you are on, coming from Donetsk you will almost certainly be an opponent of the Orange Revolution and a fan of the local football team, Shakhtar Donetsk. Billionaire Rinat Akhmetov invests heavily in the club, which is becoming a major European force during the season followed by the film. However, this sporting success funded by an Oligarch fortune only seems to highlight the wider social and political stagnation of the region. Off the pitch, the outlook appears bleak…
Coal miner Sasha (55) has been a fan of the team for 50 years. He sits among the common people on the terraces in the stadium, while local politician and businessman Kolya (30) has his place high above his head in the VIP box. Both are witnesses to Shakhtar’s breakthrough on the international stage during the 2009 UEFA-Cup. Shakhtar serves as an example of the connection between politics, business and sport. Coal miner Sasha is critical about the new elite in his country, he and his colleagues at the mine regret the Soviet times and they cannot cope with the new capitalism. However, the fact that oligarch Akhmetov is a patriot, and invests in the team of his home town rather than in a big foreign club, means a lot to him.
THE OTHER CHELSEA features the discordant worlds of coal miners and oligarchs, and how both of them meet: in the football stadium of Shakhtar Donetsk.

CAST
Nikolay Alexandrovich Levchenko
Alexander Borisovich Shukin
Vladimir Stepanovich Kiyan
Valentina Griogorievna Sulko
CREW
Director: Jakob Preuss
Cinematography: Eugen Schlegel, Pavel Kazantsev, Roman Yelensky, Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko, Philipp Gromov
Editing: Felix Korfmann, Markus CM Schmidt, Philipp Gromov, Lena Rem
Sound: Oleg Goloveshkin
Producer: Stefan Kloos
Production Management: Tina Naber & Caroline Kirberg
Music: Dominik Sprungala
Sounddesign & Mixing: Raimund von Scheibner
Animation: Stephan Flint Müller
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH Berlin in Zusammenarbeit mit ZDF “Das kleine Fernsehspiel”
With the support of: Sundance Documentary Film Program, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Media Programme of the European Union
Commissioning Editor: Milena Bonse

“Preuss succeeds in making a sports doc that is not really about sports, but instead about the mechanisms of political power, and how they are influenced by the wealthy oligarchical” elite. IndieWIRE
“The director’s aim with The Other Chelsea is to look in depth at everyday life in Post-Soviet Ukraine, and to reveal the growing chasm between rich and poor. The documentary’s perspective is nuanced and open-ended. Preuss doesn’t simply dismiss Akhmetov as an evil influence. “I am ambivalent. It’s not black and white”, he suggests. The oligarch is not “an intellectual” figure. Nor is he a charismating or inspiring leader.” IDFA Review

INFO

Documentary, Germany 2010 (88 min./54 min.)
Director: Jakob Preuss
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH Berlin in Zusammenarbeit mit ZDF “Das kleine Fernsehspiel”
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Selected Festivals 2010/2011: Zürch Film Festival, International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, One World Prague
Awards 2011: Max Ophüls Preis, First Steps Award
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