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Donbass

 

Russian Federation 2018, 122 minutes
Dir. Sergey Loznitsa
In Russian, Ukranian with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / War, Black Comedy

 

“The pacing is deliberate but this cool approach serves only to magnify the distressing insights into a dangerous world in which lawless fanatics have assumed control.”~David Stratton, The Australian

Aroview: A 13-part exploration of the conflict between Ukraine and the Russian-supported Donetsk People's Republic throughout the mid-2010's, considered Europe's "forgotten war".

At times eerily familiar in it's presentation of a Ukraine destabalised by "fake news" and propaganda, this is a vivid and at times brutal depiction of the war, but shot through with cynical black humour. Winner of the Un Certain Regard award for Best Director at Cannes 2018.

NZ International Film Festival 2018

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