In Focus: Sergei Loznitsa
Institute of Contemporary Arts
10 - 12 September, 2019



Avant-garde documentarian Sergei Loznitsa’s films offer stark insights into the urgent political issues facing contemporary Ukraine. To coincide with the UK premiere of Loznitsa’s The Trial, In Focus presents screenings of the Ukrainian director’s recent non-fiction works.

These four masterful documentaries provide a trenchant portrait of post-Soviet nationhood, demonstrating Loznitsa’s analytical relationship with the history of his country and the surrounding region. Through striking cinematography and innovative montage, these poetic works capture the pulse of a society undergoing a profound political and socio-cultural transition.

Q&A’s with the director accompany the screenings of The Trial and The Event.
 
Programme: 



Tuesday 10 September, 6:30pm
UK PREMIERE The Trial + Q&A
Sergei Loznitsa’s found footage documentary is comprised of researched and restored archival material from one of Joseph Stalin's first show-trials.




Wednesday 11 September, 6:45pm
The Event + introduction by Sergei Loznitsa
A documentary which revisits the failed Soviet coup of August 1991.




Wednesday 11 September, 8:30pm
Austerlitz
Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s 2001 novel of the same name, this disquieting documentary explores the tourist industry established around Germany’s former concentration camps.




Thursday 12 September, 6:45pm
Victory Day
An observational record of the annual Victory Day celebrations held at the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin’s Treptower Park.