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Sergei Loznitsa

“I want my films to urge the viewers to move towards self-knowledge, self-awareness, and awareness of certain important things that they never considered before. This is of the greatest importance to me.”

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    A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

    Sergei Loznitsa France, 2020

    A remarkable feat of archival excavation from Sergei Loznitsa, this sublimely edited short features a host of cinematic—and actual—royalty attending a gala at the Opéra de Paris. Culminating with a performance by Maria Callas, A Night at the Opera is a bejewelled monument to high society rituals.

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    STATE FUNERAL

    Sergei Loznitsa Netherlands, 2019

    What makes this film and Stalin’s funeral so fascinating is that we will never know how much of it was real and how much was staged. With the rise of ‘strong’ leaders backed by heavy propaganda all over the world, this docu is a quiet and unbiased look at our past, and a mirror to our future. – VM

    BLOCKADE

    Sergei Loznitsa Russia, 2006

    This hypnotic documentary tackles a traumatic episode of WWII with exquisite craft and outstanding historical conscience. By using pre-existing footage and reconstructing the entirety of the soundtrack, Loznitsa seems to be resurrecting the memory of a country to otherworldly effect. An achievement.

    THE EVENT

    Sergei Loznitsa Netherlands, 2015

    The startling clarity of the restored footage alone lends a present-tense immediacy to Loznitsa’s archival summoning of 1991 Leningrad. At once a resurrection of a moment and its retrospective refraction, The Event speaks to the effects of documentary technique on the malleable nature of history.

    THE TRIAL

    Sergei Loznitsa Netherlands, 2018

    Sergei Loznitsa’s reconstructed and condensed archival documentary of a Stalinist show trial is a rare revelation of the process by which justice is staged, citizens are purged, and a nation fooled. Behind the courtroom’s grandiloquent accusations and rehearsed confessions is a template for terror.

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