Maidan, 128 min, 2014
Maidan is a documentary film focusing on the Euromaidan movement of 2013 and 2014 in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. It was filmed during the protests and depicts different aspects of the revolution, from the peaceful rallies to bloody clashes between police and civilians.The intensity of this authentic documentary report comes from the surgical precision with which Loznitsa stitches together the understated individual micro dramas. By means of captivating images, he communicates to the viewer the gravity of the endlessly drawn out days during which Maidan became home to hundreds of thousands of ordinary Ukrainians. – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Reflections, 17.5 min, 2014
Reflections was made as part of the anthology The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014), which explores the role of Sarajevo in Europe from the outset of the First World War in 1914 onwards, with contributing directors including Jean-Luc Godard and Cristi Puiu. Loznitsa’s film creates a bridge between the city’s past and present. Photographs of men with guns, taken in 1992 by the Bosnian photographer Milomir Kovacevic during the Siege of Sarajevo, are superimposed on footage of the city in 2014; the images of modern city life are reflections in the glass covering the war photos. – IDFA
The remnants of the former Soviet Union have always appeared in my films, but the problems I deal with exist in [Western] Europe too. The idea that some people know how others should live — and the fact that those people will try and force others to live that way too — still exists. The idea that a society is divided into a majority and a minority, and that the majority is always right, hasn’t gone anywhere either. The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were just the extreme manifestations of these ideas, and ones that I’m sure will reappear in the future. That’s why I try to go back to the past — because we can be impartial and look back at what really happened. – Sergei Loznitsa
Read the full interview with Sergei Loznitsa at Calvert Journal here.
All stills, photographs and artwork courtesy ©Sergei Loznitsa and ATOMS & VOID.