The New Waves Non fiction

THE TRIAL

Sergei Loznitsa | Holland | 2018 | 127 min.
O.V. Russian subtitle in Spanish and English

Loznitsa has done a triple this year at the top festivals (Berlin, Cannes and Venice) with three films that talk about the broad spectrum of his imagination as a filmmaker and his sharp view of the Soviet question. This, the most recent, questions the limit between reality and representation through archive images of the 1930 trials in Moscow: the staging of false accusations with the aim of strengthening Stalin’s government. “The only example of a documentary in which one sees “the lie at 24 frames per second” (Loznitsa dixit in an ironic commentary on Godard’s phrase).

Direction: Sergei Loznitsa
Script: Sergei Loznitsa
Editing: Danielius Kokanauskis, Sergei Loznitsa
Production: Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova
Production Company: ATOMS & VOID

Sergei Loznitsa

Born in 1964 in the Republic of Belarus, Loznitsa grew up in Kiev, graduated in Mathematics, and later studied at the Russian Institute of Cinematography in Moscow.  Since his debut in 1996 he had directed twenty films, winning international recognition and awards at festival such as Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Oberhausen, Jihlava and DocLisboa, among others. He offers one of the sharpest, most intelligent views on the present and past of the Soviet question. His latest films have been programmed at the Seville Festival, where in 2015 he want the Best Film Award in the New Waves Non Fiction section with The Event. In 2018 he released the films Victory Day, Donbass (Best Director Award in Un Certain Regard) and The Trial, in Berlin, Cannes and Venice respectively.