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|8:30 PM||Live Music|
|10:45PM||Q&A with directors Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin|
|11:30PM||After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon|
The Notorious Mr. Bout (Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin | 94 min.)
Viktor Bout: Ruthless businessman and arms trader; The Merchant of Death; a man desperately hunted by the DEA and UN Arms investigators alike; friend and supporter of genocidal Congolese leader Jean-Pierre Bemba; an elusive figure who could not be photographed; home video enthusiast. As a young entrepreneur in the newly capitalist Soviet Union, Bout saw opportunity where others saw only desperation. While his countrymen were fighting in the streets for necessities as simple as food, Bout began importing basic and luxury consumer goods from the other side of the recently-crumbled iron curtain.
Through Bout’s own lens we are gifted a first-hand glimpse of globalization and the inner-workings of a criminal enterprise. Viktor Bout was a man who willingly shipped televisions, medicine and guns alike in the holds of his planes. As capitalism found new markets, Bout followed, recording himself, his friends, his family, the jungle, the wind-swept desert, the hijab-covered women, the smiling village children, and the military leaders who murder their own people. A diligent documentarian with his beautiful and unflappable wife Alla at his side, Bout captures images both mundane and extraordinary.
Rarely has a documentary provided such intimate access into the life of a high-profile criminal. Though his life was the basis for the unironically titled Nicolas Cage vehicle Lord of War, directors Maxim Pozdorovkin and Tony Gerber show Viktor Bout to be shockingly human. In this comic and complicated portrait, the filmmakers explore the life of a man who is neither innocent, nor totally guilty, but undoubtedly notorious.
With Jesse Moss, Tony Gerber directed Full Battle Rattle about life inside the U.S. Army’s Iraq simulation; the film won a Special Jury Prize at SXSW in 2008. Gerber is a two-time Emmy Award recipient and has directed dozens of documentaries for the National Geographic Society in some of the world's most remote regions. The Notorious Mr. Bout is his third film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Raised in Moscow, Maxim Pozdorovkin is a director and writer based in New York. He holds a PhD from Harvard University. His last film, Pussy Riot—A Punk Prayer, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize. His first feature documentary, Capital, is a city symphony film about the construction of Astana, a utopian city in the center of Kazakhstan.