Sergei Loznitsa was born in Belarus, grew up in Kiev, and in 1987, completed his studies in Mathematics at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute. Between the years 1987 – 1991, he worked at the Institute of Cybernetics specializing in artificial intelligence, as well as working as a translator from Japanese. In 1997, he graduated with a degree in filmmaking from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VKIG).

Loznitsa’s scientific background is reflected in his approach to film. Loznitsa claims that filmmaking can be compared to an attempt to formulate a scientific theory: the researcher decides how far he is willing to go with his analysis and how much he will be able to stretch his theoretic possibilities in order to achieve a powerful result. If the scientist is successful, his theory immediately becomes an accepted premise. Similarly, a director, if he continues to constantly progress, will never find himself and his film at a dead end. He will always find the right solution. Loznitsa perceives the process of filming a film as one which leads to a renewed understanding and order for human nature, with the cinematic language serving as the mediator.

Loznitsa is gifted with exceptional patience and the ability to notice small details, a talent which is directly linked with the existential themes of his films. He succeeds in an almost metaphysical way to draw from everyday life moments of kindness and exposure. His insistence on small details and his patience for long shots constantly succeed in showing us that the mundane also has profound meaning which arises suddenly and flashes in all its intensity.

Sergei Loznitsa, one of the most esteemed and captivating directors today, has created 16 excellent documentary films since 1996, all of which raked in a series of awards. His first feature film, My Joy, was first screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and his second feature film, In the Fog (2012) was screened in the competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI prize. His documentary film on the protests in the Ukraine, Maidan, was screened at its world premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Loznitsa’s next film will deal with the events at Babi Yar which took place under the Nazi occupation in Kiev.

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Blockade

In his film Blokada (2006), Russian director Sergei Loznitsa continues his obsessive occupation with the power of the cinematic image. In contrast to his previous films, this film is composed of...

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In the Fog

A powerful, gripping story of a man whose fate was determined by his conscience. USSR in 1942, Belarus is under the German occupation and the resistance movement is fighting with all of its might....

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Letter

Ten long shots without a single word; 20 enigmatic minutes. In Letter, the sequences do not connect to each other in the normal way. These are moments in the lives of patients hospitalized at a...

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Maidan

Co-Production Ukraine-Netherlands In December 2013, Sergei Loznitsa traveled to Kiev with his camera to closely track the historic events which took place there. Loznitsa entered the Maidan Square...

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My Joy

A captivating, bleak story. The film takes place in modern day Russia and incorporates mournful poetry moving from realism to metaphysics. On many levels, it is hard to believe that this is...