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A night at the Opera
Directed by: Sergei Loznitsa
France 2020
19 Min

"Donbass" will be screened After the film, the ticket is valid for both films     
No relation whatsoever to the Marx Bros. movie, Sergei Loznitsa’s short, to believe one of his associates, is the happiest one he’s made yet. Using black and white documentary footage from the French Institut National Audiovisuel (INA), he compiled in one film a whole series of festive premieres which took place at the Garnier Opera in Paris through the years, presenting them all together as if all of them took place at the same time, which allows him to show the red carpet, that was always there, the military band, also present for any occasion, and a whole series of celebrities, from Jean Cocteau and Charlie Chaplin, to President de Gaulle and Princess Grace, all the way to Jacques Charier and Brigitte Bardot, all of them mounting the glorious staircase, sitting in their ceremonial boxes and listening to Maria Callas magic singing .  A reminder of what seems today as the good old normal times that may, or may not, come back again.

Sergei Loznitsa born 1964 in Belarus, then still part of the Soviet Union, moved at an early age to Kiev, Ukraine, where he studied mathematics at the Politechnic Institute, showing great promise as a scientist. He went on to the Gerassimov Film Institute in Moscow, under the supervision on Georgian director Nana Dzordjadzdze. Specialized in documentaries (he has completed until now 17 feature lengths ones), he has also made four feature films, "My Joy" (2010), "In the Fog" (2012) and "Gentle Creature" (2017) and “Donbass” (2018) all of them selected by Cannes for their competition.

Director :
Sergei Loznitsa
Production:
Les Films Pelleas in association with Atoms & Void
Editing:
Danielius Kokanauskis
Music:
Vladimir Golovnitski
Courtesy by:
Atmos and Void