Navalny Best Documentary Feature Oscar 2023

Navalny which is an exclusive award-winning documentary could receive an Oscar nomination later this month.

The Motion Picture Academy has unveiled shortlists for this year’s Oscars in ten categories.

It was directed by Daniel Roher and first announced on 13 January 2022. The film premiered on 25 January 2022 at the Sundance Film Festival.

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This documentary is based on an Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

After making a daring effort to criticize President Vladimir Puttin, he has been sentenced for two years.

Director Daniel Roher mentioned his disappointment that Navalny himself was not able to watch the film. 

“For me, that’s a very bitter part of this,” director Daniel Roher tells Deadline. “It’s very sad that he hasn’t gotten to see the film.

One thing I always think of with Navalny is how enthusiastic he was about being a film subject.

He’s a very curious man and he’s very, very curious about the filmmaking process… I certainly hope I’ll get to show it to him one day.”

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Trailer – The Award Winning “Navalny”

The documentary from CNN Films features events related to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the related investigations.

On 20 August 2020, Whilst Navalny was travelling from Tomsk to Moscow, he fell severely ill so much that flight had to proceed with an emergency landing. He went into coma, when he was taken to a hospital. However, the film shows that the Russian doctors who were treating Navalny denied he had been poisoned. They stated that he had a blood sugar imbalance or other metabolic problem.

Later the five Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) certified laboratories confirmed that Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok.

It has been shown in the documentary that the mystery remained unresolved until the  Bellingcat journalist Christo Grozev and Maria Pevchikh took charge of the investigation.

“Christo walked in one morning to a meeting we were having, and said he had a lead into who tried to poison Navalny.

And obviously this was stunning to hear,” Roher recalls. Grosev succeeded in his investigations by obtaining telephone records of key personnel at the Signal Institute, the Russian facility where Novichok is manufactured.

He also obtained flight manifests confirming a number of suspicious characters had flown to the same destination in Siberia as Navalny around the time of the poisoning.

The main thriller was when Navalny pretends to be a Russian official and speaks to one of the poisoners.

He successfully traps the official who discloses the whole plot.

The director described the film as “the story of one man and his struggle with an authoritarian regime”

Christo Grosev recently became a wanted man in Russia, as announced by CNN.

Where to watch “Navalny” Online?

Currently you are able to watch “Navalny” streaming on HBO Max, HBO Max Amazon Channel, DIRECTV.

Navalny Reviews @Rotten Tomatoes

“At once disheartening and inspiring, Navalny is thus a bracing reflection of Russian society and the fraught state of modern democracy at large.” —Shane Slater

“H warns that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”– Rodrigo Perez

“The fact that it involves one of the most brazen incidents of state sponsored assassination in memory means this is a unique document of a very singular man.” — Fionnuala Halligan

“It’s a top-of-the-line thriller, complete with an astonishing central sequence that is jaw-dropping in its audacity and profound in its impact on the world.
I suspect that this is exactly the film Alexei Navalny wanted.” —Tom O’Brien
“I left feeling hollow and angry. Like I’d been manipulated using methods pioneered and perfected under the long-gone Soviet regime of my childhood.” —Dmitry Samarov

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