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In his latest documentary, Sergei Loznitsa takes viewers to Nazi-occupied Ukraine and, working exclusively with uniquely restored archive materials, shows us the background of the tragic events that took place just outside occupied Kyiv in September 1941 – the massacre of more than 33,000 Jewish residents. Loznitsa’s seventh film at Cannes offers a chilling report on these events and places them into a broader context.
After capturing the atmosphere of the Stalin trials (The Trial) and the extent of Stalin’s personality cult (State Funeral), renowned Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa takes viewers to Nazi-occupied Ukraine. Working exclusively with uniquely restored archive materials, he shows us the background of the tragic events that happened just outside occupied Kyiv in September 1941 – the massacre of more than 33,000 Jewish residents. By placing these events into a broader context, and thanks to his remarkable editing work, Loznitsa amplifies the impact of the film’s chilling testimony, which will remain with the viewer for a long time afterwards, along with the words of Vasily Grossman as cited in the film: “In Ukraine there are no Jews. … Stillness. Silence. A people has been murdered.”
About the director
Sergei Loznitsa (1964, Baranovichi, USSR). Selected filmography: The Train Stop (Polustanok, 2000, doc.), Factory (Fabrika, 2004, doc.), My Joy (Schastye moyo, 2010), In the Fog (V tumane, 2012), Maidan (2014, doc.), A Gentle Creature (Krotkaya, 2017), Donbass (2018), The Trial (Process, 2018, doc.), Babi Yar. Context (2021, doc.).
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About the film
Barevný, černobílý, DCP
|Editor:||Sergei Loznitsa, Danielius Kokanauskis, Tomasz Wolski|
|Producer:||Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova|
|Production:||ATOMS & VOID|
|Coproduction:||Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center|
|Contact:||ATOMS & VOID|