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Sergueï Loznitsa
Russia, 2004
Production : Saint-Petersburg Documentary Film Studio



Une fonderie où l'on recycle le métal, une briqueterie. Les gestes du travail, la répétition. Diptyque : masculinité et féminité, continuité et interruption, intégralité et fragmentation. Contemplation impressionniste d'un monde industriel qui disparaît.

Tënk's film review

Un matin, entre chien et loup, nous pénétrons dans l’usine et d’emblée l’esthétique du cinéma de Sergueï Loznitsa nous frappe. Ici, une attention à la matière ("acier", "argile") et à sa transformation. La caméra sonde patiemment par une observation minutieuse des postures et des gestes, par une rigueur méthodique de la composition des plans, l’asservissement de l’Homme à la machine. Nul besoin de dialogue pour convoquer le monstre dévorant du travail, la puissance de fiction du son est l’autre matière première du film.

Pascale Paulat et Christophe Postic
Co-artistic directors of the "États généraux du film documentaire" festival of Lussas

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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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