Special Event: Director in Person!
If Sergei Loznitsa‘s early documentary works possess a determinedly detached, dreamlike quality even when depicting events marked by shattering intensity, such as the Nazi siege of Leningrad (BLOCKADE (2005)), then MAIDAN, his return to non-fiction after a pair of well-received feature films (MY JOY (2010) and IN THE FOG (2012)), suggests a turn towards passionate engagement with current struggles in Ukraine, Loznitsa’s home country — something like an eruption of timeliness within an aesthetic seemingly more at home with the timeless. The resulting film combines the director’s signature reliance on long takes and stately camera movement with the palpable excitement of history being urgently, messily made by protestors on Kiev’s Maidan Square during the winter of 2013-2014.
MAIDAN promises to be a deeply compelling experience. We are extremely fortunate that Loznitsa will be on hand at the HFA to talk about it tonight to mark the launch of the week-long retrospective Portraits of History: The Films of Sergei Loznitsa.
MAIDAN (2014) DIR. SERGEI LOZNITSA
Director in person!
Portraits of History: The Films of Sergei Loznitsa (11/8 – 11/15) is being presented in conjunction with The Lives of the Great Patriotic War, an exhibit hosted by the Harvard Library and the Blavatnik Archive Foundation.
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