The New Waves Non fiction

VICTORY DAY

Sergei Loznitsa | Germany, Lithuania | 2018 | 94 min.
O.V. Russian, Geman and English subtitle in Spanish and English

Loznitsa turns a rigorous eye to the commemoration of the Red Army’s victory over the Nazis that is held every 9th May in Berlin. And his profound confidence in the power of image and editing (and in that of the spectator) is not ill placed. With its displays of patriotic pride, at once trivialised, deep and tacky, this victory day is a curious, deep felt and at times comical choreographed spectacle that sparks off a reflection on the way in which history acts as cement when it comes to building a collective identity through its contradictions.

Direction: Sergei Loznitsa
Script: Sergei Loznitsa
Cinematography: Sergei Loznitsa, Diego Garcia, Jesse Mazuch
Editing: Danielius Kokanauskis
Sound: Vladimir Golovnitski
Production: Sergei Loznitsa, Andrey Mikhailov
Production Company: Imperativ Film, Taura Ltd.

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.