Filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa

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    The documentaries of Sergei Loznitsa (Baranavichy, Belarus, 1964) are characterised by the precision of its visual language, to which Loznitsa also contributes as a cameraman. They present incisive analyses of the world we live in today, set against the background of recent European history.

    Loznitsa grew up in Kiev where he studied mathematics, going on to specialise in artificial intelligence. He made his debut as a filmmaker in 1996 with the documentary Today We Are Going to Build a House, which screened at IDFA that year. One year later, he graduated from the film academy in Moscow. He then made various documentaries such as Life, Autumn (1998); Settlement (2001); Blockade (2005) and The Event in 2015. His first fiction feature, My Joy, was selected for the Cannes film festival in 2010; his second fiction film, In the Fog, won the FIPRESCI award at Cannes in 2012. Loznitsa was IDFA's special guest in 2016. He presented his Top 10, accompanied by a retrospective of his own work, and gave a masterclass. He also presented Austerlitz, a film in which he trains his camera on the mass tourism that has grown up around the former concentration camp sites located in Germany.

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    Sevodnja mi postroim dom

    • Marat Magambetov, Sergei Loznitsa
    • 1996

      SEVODNJA MI POSTROIM DOM takes place at a construction site of a house. The film starts with dreary images of the muddy terrain, with the rain steadily coming down. A dog rummages about among the soaking building materials. After the rain has stopped we see people working and taking breaks. The film emphasises the poetry of little everyday things, changing even an unwieldy cement trough that is being hoisted up by a crane into a graceful and airy object. SEVODNJA MI POSTROIM DOM is a melancholic, poetic film composition of images, ambient sounds and folk songs.

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      Leben, Herbst

      • Sergei Loznitsa, Marat Magambetov
      • 1998

        The inhabitants of a Russian village sing the blues and tragicomic songs.

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        Artel

        • Sergei Loznitsa
        • 2006

          Daily life in a small fishing village on the White Sea, captured in an exceptionally stylised manner.

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          Blockade

          • Sergei Loznitsa
          • 2006

            A black-and-white collage documentary about the Siege of Leningrad in the Second World War, composed of unique material from Moscow film archives.

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            Revue

            • Sergei Loznitsa
            • 2008

              The glorious Soviet utopia of 1960 is brought to life in a montage of propaganda footage celebrating smiling workers, poetry readings and rocket launches.

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              Letter

              • Sergei Loznitsa
              • 2012

                Het geluid is gedempt, de beelden onscherp en de bewoners bewegen als geesten over de velden, in deze impressie van een psychiatrische instelling in een Russisch dorpje.

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                Maidan

                • Sergei Loznitsa
                • 2014

                  An impressive report on the occupation of Kiev’s Independence Square, the prologue to the current conflict in Ukraine.

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                  Reflections. Director's Cut

                  • Sergei Loznitsa
                  • 2014

                    Photographs of Sarajevo during the siege in 1992 are superimposed on footage of the city in 2014. Past and present, war and peace are brought face to face.

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                    The Event

                    • Sergei Loznitsa
                    • 2015

                      Archive images from eight cameras reconstruct the 1991 mass protest on Palace Square in Saint Petersburg against the coup taking place in Moscow at that moment.

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                      The Old Jewish Cemetery

                      • Sergei Loznitsa
                      • 2015

                        An homage to the vanished Jewish cemetery in Riga. Loznitsa is returning to this place its memory and history by showing what’s no longer there.

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                        Austerlitz

                        • Sergei Loznitsa
                        • 2016

                          This IDFA-film will be screened today at 17:00 in Kriterion, Amsterdam as part of the 4/5 May Program about freedom.

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