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Blockade, Landscape, Revue: 3 Films by Sergei Loznitsa

 

Ukraine 2003-2008, 194 minutes
Dir. Sergey Loznitsa
In Ukranian, Russian with English subtitles
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Documentary / Sociology

Topics: Experimental.

 

Aroview: Three documentaries from Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa (DONBASS).

Landscape (2003, 60 mins) is set at a bus stop in a small village, with the camera observing people as they chat, listen and wait. Conversations are captured on topics of everyday life for the marginalised Ukrainian social underclass: drunken accidents, hunger, domestic violence, drug addiction, deaths, houses burning down etc. The director's first film shot in colour.

Blockade (2005, 52 mins) comprises images Loznitsa found in the Moscow film archives about the siege of Leningrad during the World War II. Originally shot with no sound, the film features a meticulously reconstructed soundtrack which serves to reanimate the past in a striking way.

Revue (2008, 83 mins) takes more images from the Moscow film archives along with newsreels, propaganda films, TV shows and feature films to present an evocative portrait of Soviet life during the 1950s and 1960s. Illustrates industry and agriculture, political life, popular culture, and technology.

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