CPH/DOX review: ‘The Russian Woodpecker’ ★★★★★

Chad Gracia’s superb doc The Russian Woodpecker (2015) premièred at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and rode out of town with the Grand Jury Prize. A chilling account of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, it ties together the lead up to this tragic event and subsequent Soviet government cover-up, as well as pointing toward a possible conspiracy that the blast was purposefully engineered by a senior Moscow official to distract from the failure of the USSR’s astronomically expensive, and largely unknown, Duga antenna.

The Russian Woodpecker is playing at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and will be released in the UK on 20th November. Visit CineVue here to read the full review!