Mr. Landsbergis

    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • Lithuania, Netherlands
    • 2021
    • 246 min
    • World Premiere
    • International Competition

    Sergei Loznitsa is a consummate chronicler of the history of Eastern Europe, covering both fairly recent events such as the Ukrainian revolt in Maidan (2014) and earlier ones such as Stalin’s funeral in State Funeral (2019). Always vigilant in his representation of the past, he skillfully uses archive footage to make you feel like you are an eyewitness. So too in this film about the Baltic nation of Lithuania from 1989 to 1991, when it broke away from the Soviet Union. This period of peaceful protests involving lots of singing came to be known as the "singing revolution."

    As one of the founders of the independence movement, the now 88-year-old Vytautas Landsbergis found himself at the center of a radical historic shift. His perceptive reflections are complemented by extensive archive footage of demonstrations, party congresses, and Soviet military intervention. The lengthy archive segments bear witness to the patience required of Landsbergis and his compatriots on the path to freedom. A captivating and detailed history lesson on the breakup of the Soviet Union.

    Credits

    • 246 min
    Director
    Sergei Loznitsa
    Production
    Uljana Kim / Studio Uljana Kim, Sergei Loznitsa / Atoms & Void, Maria Choustova / Atoms & Void, Current Time TV
    Cinematography
    Povilas Baltinas
    Editing
    Danielius Kokanauskis
    Sound Design
    Saulius Urbanavičius

    IDFA history

    2021
    World Premiere
    International Competition

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