VOTE OR LOSE! (working title)
Director(s): Madeleine LEROYER – Writer(s): Tim B. TOIDZE Contact Print page
In January 1996, Boris Yeltsin gets ready to run for a second mandate at the presidency of the young Russian Federation. Polls are in the single digits.
A painful economic transition, war in Chechnya, and the rise of criminal groups have left the majority of Russians dissatisfied with Yeltsin… and willing to vote for the communist leader Gennady Ziuganov. Yet six months later, Yeltsin won the election with nearly 54% of the vote. How did that happen?
“Vote or Lose!” embarks the spectator in the race of the first democratic presidential election of post-Soviet Russia. We’ll see how Russian businessmen, Western leaders and the media joined forces to make sure Russia wouldn’t go “back to the USSR”.
The film combines very rich archive, animation and interviews of the most important protagonists of this historic event - which undoubtedly changed not only Russia, but also the world.
It is a film “for the record”, where all protagonists, in Russia, and in the West, tell us how they lived through these life changing events. We believe this is an important chapter of the world’s history that can help better understand contemporary Russia and its complex relationship with the West.
The film will be broadcast in time for 2021, and will be part of a worldwide conversation on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union.
French director Madeleine Leroyer has joined the team and will direct the film in collaboration with Russian author Tim Toidze. Check out Tim's previous films "Khrushchev Does America" and "Tokyo Trial: Judging Japan".