Sergei Loznitsa was born in Baranovichi, Belarus in 1964. His family later moved to Kyiv, Ukraine. He graduated with a major in mathematics and engineering from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (1987). After graduation, Loznitsa was employed as a scientist at the Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics until 1991, focusing on the development of expert systems, artificial intelligence, and translating Japanese. It was during this time that he developed a strong interest in cinematography. In 1991 he was admitted to the Russian State Institute for Cinematography in Moscow, later graduating with honours. Early in his film career Loznitsa produced short films through the famed St. Petersburg Documentary Studio. He immigrated to Germany with his family in 2001. Loznitsa has completed over 25 films, including an incredible range of shorts. His film Factory (2004) won Media City Film Festival’s Grand Prize, and the director returned for his first North American film retrospective at MCFF in 2006. His first features My Joy (2010), In the Fog (2012), and Maidan (2014) had their World Premiere at Cannes, where In The Fog won the FIPRESCI Prize. The Event (2015), Austerlitz (2016),The Trial (2018), and State Funeral (2019) premiered at the Venice Biennale. A Gentle Creature (2017) was nominated for the Palme d’Or. He was awarded Best Director for Donbass (2018) at Cannes. His short and feature-length films have screened widely, including at the Toronto, Berlin, and New York Film Festivals. Loznitsa and his partner Maria Choustova founded the film production company ATOMS & VOID in 2013.
TWO FILMS BY SERGEI LOZNITSA
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Maidan, 128 min, 2014; Reflections (Director’s Cut), 17.5 min, 2014