dir. Sergei Loznitsa | documentary, 2018, Germany | 94 min.
In the Treptower Park in Berlin, there is a monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers. Each year, on the 9th of May, people gather here to celebrate the Victory Day. Who are they? What makes them bring Soviet flags and Stalin’s portraits? The camera captures this peculiar festival from a distance. The director does not delve into ideology, use interviews or other means of a typical feature story. The film registers the peculiar folklore of World War II marches, historical uniforms and contemporary staffage.
Sergei LoznitsaUkrainian director of documentary and fiction films. In 1987 he graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. Between 1987 and 1991 he worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. He has been making documentary films from 1996, 16 of which won awards at numerous festivals. His fiction films include My Joy and In the Fog.