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Sergei Loznitsa

Sergei LOZNITSA (1964, Belarus) is an editor, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and graduated in Applied Mathematics from Kiev Polytechnic in 1987. Between 1987 and 1991, he worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institue of Cybernetics as an artificial intelligence researcher. In 1997, he graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he studied feature filmmaking. He has founded the film production company ATOMS & VOID in 2013. He has made 23 award-winning documentaries and four fiction films. His feature debut My Joy (2010) premiered in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where two years later, In the Fog (2012) won the FIPRESCI Prize. His films have been screened and received awards at various film festivals internationally. He won Best Director at Cannes for his fourth feature film Donbass in 2018.


Segodnja my postroim dom/Today We Are Going to Build a House (1996, short doc, co-dir), Zjizn, osin/Life, Autumn (1998, short doc, co-dir), Polustanok/The Train Stop (2000, short doc), Poselenie/Settlement (2001, doc), Portret/Portrait (2002, short doc), Pejzazj/Landscape (2003, doc), Fabrika/Factory (2004, short doc), Blokada/Blockade (2006, short doc), Artel (2006, short doc), Predstavlenie/Revue (2008, doc), Northern Light (2008, short doc), Stjsastje moje/My Joy (2010), V tumane/In the Fog (2012), O milagre de Santo António/The Miracle of Saint Anthony (2012, short doc), Pismo/Letter (2013, short doc, co-dir), Reflections (2014, short doc), Maidan (2014, doc), Ponts de Sarajevo/Bridges of Sarajevo (2014, omnibus film), The Old Jewish Cemetery (2014, short doc), Sobitije/The Event (2015, doc), Austerlitz (2016, doc), Krotkaya/A Gentle Creature (2017), Den’ Pobedy/Victory Day (2018, doc), Process (2018, doc), Donbass (2018), The Trial (2018, doc), State Funeral (2019, doc), A Night at the Opera (2020, short doc), Babi Yar. Context (2021, doc)

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Sergei Loznitsa at IFFR

  • Script Stage: Sergei Loznitsa

    Scenario presentation. The Russian Sergei Loznitsa who currently works in Germany has written a series of important screenplays. At the CineMart this

    • Happy Endings: When Festivals Are Over
  • Blockade

    Impressive visual material of the siege of Leningrad as a breathtaking reanimation of reality.

    • Short: As Long As It Takes
  • The Revue

    Black & white film based on unique material from old Soviet newsreels from the 1950s and 1960s revive the time of Soviet propaganda.

    • Time & Tide
  • Letter

    A psychiatric institution in an old wooden house in a deserted Russian village. Modern civilisation has passed the place and patients by.

    • Spectrum
  • In the Fog

    A man wrongly accused of collaborating with the Nazis tries to protect his honour and defend his moral principles under immoral circumstances. Minimal

    • Spectrum
  • Donbass

    Grotesque vignettes from the hell that is eastern Ukraine – war is peace; life increasingly seems like death.

    • Limelight
  • Portrait

    • Deep Focus
    • Regained
  • The Event

    How does a crowd react to an historic event when certainties are shaken? Documentary maker Loznitsa collected TV and amateur footage of street protest

    • Deep Focus
    • ID: Community Cameras
  • The Train Stop

    • Deep Focus
    • Regained
  • Factory

    • Masterclasses