Austerlitz

Sergei Loznitsa

31º Festival

Panorama

Auteurs

Length: 100min

Country: Germany Russia

TECHNICAL

D, G, P: Sergei Loznitsa
F: Sergei Loznitsa, Jesse Mazuch
E: Danielius Kokanauskis
S: Vladimir Golovntski

Contact

Imperativ Film
Valeria Losniza
t +49 176 2072 8452
e valeria@loznitsa.com
info@loznitsa.com

Responsible for gems of fiction (In the Fog, My Joy) and documentaries (Maidan, The Event), Sergei Loznitsa brought his camera to the lot where the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp used to be, now turned into a massive tourist attraction. Indeed, thousands of people walk through there every day, eating, chatting, reading pamphlets and signs, listening to audio guides, following guides that recite their speeches in diverse languages, taking pictures, filming, and taking selfies with the cells, the showers, or the crematory furnaces in the background. The film features fixed shots, black and white pictures, and no added commentary, but with an ability for observation and listening (the work with sound is essential) in a film of multiple layers and implications in its exploration of memory and consumer society. The iron gate at the entrance with the Nazi phrase Arbeit macht frei (something like "Work Is Liberating”) gains a dreadful meaning. A hypnotic, fascinating, and moving experience, all at once. 
Sergei Loznitsa
He was born in Belorussia in 1964, but grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, where he graduated as a mathematician and worked as a scientist specializing in artificial intelligence. Later, he studied film at the VGIK, in Russia, and directed the films Life, Autumn (1999), Blockade (2006; 22nd Festival), My Joy (2010), In the Fog(2012; 27th Festival), Maidan (2014; 29th Festival) and The Event (2015; 30th Festival). 

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