"A Night at the Opera" will be screened before the film, the ticket is valid for both films
Sergei Loznitsa’s “Donbass”, was presented two years ago in Cannes and displayed in a series of masterfully directed 13 episodes, loosely connected to each other, the total chaos, destruction and sheer bestiality exploding everyday in one of the bloodiest ongoing conflicts going on now in the world, the never-ending military skirmish between Russia and Ukraine for the area known as Donbass, the Eastern Ukraine region on the river Donets. Loznitsa, who has often dealt with this conflict, both in his documentaries and in his fiction films, switches this time from his surrealistic tendencies in “Gentle Creature” to grim, brutal, unforgiving irony, as he puts on screen scenes he has claimed to pick from real-life incidents. The opening episode, with a cast of stand-ins about to participate in a documentary about the event, and the closing one, taking place the morning after, should be taught in film schools for the exquisite use of the camera and its visual sarcasm.
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.