Donbass

dir. Sergei Loznitsa / 2018 / Germany/Ukraine/France/Netherlands/Romania / 121min.

Film is presented at the festival without english subtitles.

In a hypnotic, grotesque style, Sergei Loznitsa takes us on a journey through Novorossiya, a ghost state where the soldiers don't know who is in command and where the judgement takes place on the street in the form of public lynchings

In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth and hatred is declared to be love.

A journey through the Donbass unfolds as a chain of curious adventures, where the grotesque and drama are as intertwined as life and death. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.

duration:
121 min
country / year of production:
Germany/Ukraine/France/Netherlands/Romania / 2018
director:
Sergei Loznitsa
cinematography:
Oleg Mutu
producer:
MA.JA.DE. FICTION
selected festivals and awards:
Best Director in Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival 2018
sections:
Siergei Loznitza Retrospective
tags:
war Ukraine fiction / non-fiction

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