Sergei Loznitsa’s found footage documentary is comprised of painstakingly researched and restored archival material from one of Joseph Stalin's first show trials, recorded in Moscow in 1930. The trial and its consequences are real, but the crime is fake – a spectacle concocted as a display of the government’s power over the population. The accused – charged with forming a secret pact to restore capitalism and fracture the USSR – are forced to confess to crimes they never committed. Illuminating the perils of authoritarianism while undermining the inherent theatricality of its propagandistic machinery, The Trial is a fascinating historical document with considerable contemporary resonance.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019
All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated.
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In partnership with Open City Documentary Festival
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Sergei Loznitsa hosted by Jonathan Romney.
Romney is a film critic who writes for Sight & Sound, Film Comment, The Observer and others. He is also Visiting Lecturer at the National Film and Television School.