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.
Tuesday 10 September, 6:30pmUK 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, 6:45pmThe Event + introduction by Sergei Loznitsa
A documentary which revisits the failed Soviet coup of August 1991.
Wednesday 11 September, 8:30pmAusterlitz
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, 6:45pmVictory Day
An observational record of the annual Victory Day celebrations held at the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin’s Treptower Park.