Tripping with Zhirinovsky, is a surreal boat journey down the Volga with the Russian nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his retinue, as he campaigns to win the Russian presidency in 1994. He travels from Moscow to the Caspian Sea, trying to raise the spirits of the impoverished masses assembled at the quayside, promising the re-conquest of Alaska, access to the Indian Ocean and free nylon stockings. The film best demostrates Pawel's potent use of landscape as an intregral part of the language of documentary and won the Grierson award for the Best British Documentary in 1995.
In June & July don't miss a rare opportunity to see the director's early award-winning non-fiction films and his later fiction work inspired by his experience with docs.
Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski