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The Event

Sergueï Loznitsa
Belgium, Netherlands, 2015


En août 1991, le putsch raté de la ligne dure du parti communiste contre Gorbatchev précipite la chute de l’URSS. De cet ébranlement fatal du régime soviétique, Sergei Loznitsa se fait le chroniqueur inactuel dans une puissante fresque en found footage. "L’événement" qui détermine le titre de son film désigne deux choses : d’une part, le fait historique, sa trace dans la mémoire collective et le récit national russes ; d’autre part, le travail de re-montage d’images d’archives qui confère à ces actualités d’alors une saisissante lecture du présent.

Venice Film Festival

Tënk's film review

Following "Blockade" in 2006, with its remarkable archive footage of the siege of Leningrad, then "Maïdan" in 2014, a record of the Ukrainian revolution, Sergeï Loznitsa is back with another bombshell. On the eve of the fall the Soviet regime, the distraught faces of the masses wake up in Leningrad to the rumblings of a coup. Filled with surprising silences, and the enemy lurking behind the barricades, this film sees history slide into the unknown, where Putin could loom at any moment.

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Sergueï Loznitsa

Sergueï Loznitsa, born in 1964 in Belo-Russia (at the time in the USSR), is a Ukrainian director whose documentary work is sometimes on the edge of the experimental. He is a scientist, a specialist in artificial intelligence and a translator of Japanese. After this professional life, Sergueï Loznitsa decided to change his life and went to Moscow to train at the National Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), from which he graduated in 1997. In 2001, he moved with his family to Germany. He has directed 18 documentaries that have won awards at international festivals. His two feature films, "My Joy" (2010) and "Dans la Brume" (2012) were selected at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, he shot "Maidan" during the Ukrainian revolution (screened in Cannes). In 2015, "L'Evénement" is presented in Venice. His 2016 documentary, "Austerlitz", follows the journey of tourists in the concentration camps. He then directed two documentaries, "Victory Day" and "The Trial" and a fiction, "Donbass" (Best Director Award at Un Certain Regard). His latest film, "State Funeral", premiered in Venice.

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