Give Me Liberty

Kirill Mikhanovsky’s anarchic look at disability and race in working-class America shares a fresh street-level energy with Good Time and Tangerine.

Dir Kirill Mikhanovsky
Prod Alice Austen, Val Abel, Wally S Hall, Michael Manasseri, Kirill Mikhanovsky, George Rush, Sergey Shtern
Scr Alice Austen, Kirill Mikhanovsky
With Chris Galust, Lauren ‘Lolo’ Spencer, Maksim Stoyanov
Sales Wild Bunch
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)

American-Russian Vic drives a van transporting disabled passengers around Milwaukee. He needs this job and today he’s running dangerously late. Tracy, an African-American woman with ALS, is not impressed. But there’s also Vic’s eccentric Russian grandfather’s neighbours, who all need a lift to a funeral, plus a livewire dude called Dima, who claims to be the deceased’s nephew and is coming along for the ride. From these chaotic beginnings, the film zooms through a day and a night, creating a turbulent tapestry of working-class lives that touches on issues of race, disability and poverty in America’s most segregated city. The pacing may be frenetic and the comedy uproarious, but most thrilling of all is the film’s invigorating sense of how communities can be forged.

Kate Taylor

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Kirill Mikhanovsky, director; Alice Austen, screenwriter.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can’t guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Filmmakers’ attendance made possible thanks to Roskino - UK.

Additional information

This film contains flashing images.