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Sergei Loznitsa, The Event, 2015

Open City Documentary Festival: The Event

22 Jun 2016

This screening is introduced by Alex Graham, PhD Candidate at UCL-SSEES and Wolfson Foundation scholar.

In August 1991, hardline communists staged a coup in Moscow, hoping to overthrow Gorbachev’s liberal rule. Loznitsa ignores the main stage events on the streets of Moscow, to take a sidelong look at 'The Event' in a city 400 miles from the centre of the storm. As in both Maidan and his previous Leningrad-based masterpiece Siege, Loznitsa lets us watch history in the making. His award-winning montage of found footage pushes us to question what we are seeing in the frame and asks what was really happening as the crowds in the streets swelled and 75 years of dictatorship appeared to come to an end.

The Event Trailer

The Event, dir. Sergei Loznitsa, Netherlands/Belgium 2015, 74 mins

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