The documentary focuses on the Euromaidan anti-government movement of 2013 and 2014 in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Ukraine's capital Kyiv. The films depicts the rebirth of the nation, reflects the deep political and social changes in Ukraine.
Friday / 29.04.2016 / 20:00
New Horizons Art House Cinema, 19a-21 Kazimierza Wielkiego St
Admission is free
Ukraine / Netherlands, 2014, 82 min.
Language: Ukrainian / Russian
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Screenplay by Sergei Loznitsa
Dir. photography: Sergei Loznitsa, Sergiy Stefan Stetsenko, Mykhailo Yelchev
Editors: Sergei Loznitsa, Danielius Kokanauskis
Producers: Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Baker
Awards: Astra Film Festival 2014, Romania (Grand Prix), Batumi International Art-House Film Festival 2014, Georgia (The Best Doc film), Festival dei Popoli 2014, Italy (Best Feature-Length Documentary Award)
December 2013 - February 2014. The new Ukraine is born in Maidan Nezalezhnosti. People protest against the regime of president Yanukovych and the corruption in government. Initially, the protests are peaceful, but in a few days the climate is changed. Emergence of police, the first shots and explosions... The film is mounted only with chroniclethat was shot in Maidan. No comments at all; the stories of interviewed people are replaced by the shots of the events on the main Maidan stage. The film resembles live reportage. Loznitsa leaves the audience face to face with the images.
“I consider this film to be atriumph of the documentary filmmaking. It’s artwithout art, ‘artless art’, as said bythe knownphotographerCartier-Bresson. Deprived of any propaganda or emotional blackmail. Pure anthropology” – Tadeusz Sobolewski, Gazeta Wyborcza.
Born in 1964 in Baranovitchi (Belarus). Ukrainian (though he does not recognize nationalities - considers himself a citizen of Europe) director of feature and documentary films. Graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. 1987-1991, employed as a scientist at the Institute of Cybernetics. 1991–1997, studied at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography, Moscow. From 2000 – produces works in the Studio of Documentary Films in St.Petersburg. In 2000 he was awarded “Nipkovprogram” grant in Berlin. Sergey Loznitsa made two feature films and numerous documentaries. Most of them relate to social and political issues and are the cause for debates both in Ukraine and in Russia. Since 2001 lives in Germany.