Sergei Loznitsa

Netherlands, Belgium 74 min min Documentary


In August 1991 a failed coup d’état attempt (known as Putsch) led by a group of hardcore
communists in Moscow, ended the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. The USSR
collapsed soon after, and the tricolour of the sovereign Russian Federation flew over
A quarter of a century later, Sergei Loznitsa revisits the dramatic moments of August
1991 and casts an eye on the event which was hailed worldwide as the birth of “Russian
democracy”. What really happened in Russia in August 1991? What was the driving force
behind the crowds on the Palace Square in Leningrad? What exactly are we witnessing:
the collapse or the regime or its’ creative re-branding? Who are these people looking at
the camera: victors or victims? Catalan première


Sergei Loznitsa

Sergei Loznitsa, Ukrainian director, script writer and producer, was born on 5 September 1964 in Baranovici (USSR). He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. Loznitsa has directed 17 internationally acclaimed documentary films.

Filmography: The Event (2015), Maidan (2014), En la niebla (2012), My Joy (2010), Northern Light (2008), Blokade (2005), Life, Autumn (1998)

Sergei Loznitsa

Film information

Original Title: Sobytie
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Script: Sergei Loznitsa
Contact: Atoms & Void
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Year: 2015
Format: DCP
Length: 74 min min
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Catalan, Spanish, English
Edition: 2016