JUEVES 23 | CINEMEX REFORMA-CASA DE ARTE | 16:00 HRS. | 94 MIN.
DOMINGO 26 | CINETECA NACIONAL | 13:00 HRS. | 94 MIN.
Germany | 2018 | DCP | Color | 94 min | Sergei Loznitsa
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Script: Sergei Loznitsa
Producer: Sergei Loznitsa
Cinematography: Diego García, Sergei Loznitsa, Jess Mazuch
Sound: Vladimir Golovnitski
Edition: Danielius Kokanauskis
Production Company: Imperativ Film
Every year, on the 9th of May, people gather in Treptower Park in Berlin. They come dressed in their best outfits or in Soviet military uniform. They carry flags, banners and posters. They lay flowers at the monument to the Soviet soldier; they sing, dance and drink. They celebrate the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany. The film is a direct reportage from Treptower Park 72 years after the victory.
Born in 1964, Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa grew up in Kiev, and graduated from Kiev Polytechnic in 1987 with a degree in Applied Mathematics. From 1987 to 1991 he worked both as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research, and as a translator from Japanese. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he studied feature filmmaking.
Sergei Loznitsa has directed 18 documentary films since 1996 and has received numerous international awards, including festival prizes in Karlovy Vary, Leipzig, Oberhausen, Krakow, Paris, Madrid, Toronto, Jerusalem and St. Petersburg, as well as the Russian National Film awards “Nika” and “Laurel”.
Loznitsa’s feature debut My Joy (2010) premiered in competition at the Festival de Cannes, and was followed by In the Fog, which also premiered in competition at the Festival de Cannes in May 2012, where it was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. His last feature film A Gentle Creature premiered in competition at the Festival de Cannes in May 2017.
His last documentary, Austerlitz, is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp, premiered in official programme La Beinnale di Venezia in 2016.
Berlin Film Festival