Donbass

Donbass

Donbass

Black comedy that dissolves the conflict in eastern Ukraine. From writer-director Sergei Loznitsa (In the Fog).

In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth and hatred is declared to be love. A journey through the Donbass unfolds as a chain of curious adventures, where the grotesque and drama are as intertwined as life and death. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.

Winner of Un Certain Regard - Directing Prize, 2018 Cannes Film Festival
2018Rating: R16, Violence, cruelty & offensive language121 minsGermany, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, RomaniaUkrainian and Russian with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Sergey Loznitsa ('My Joy', 'In the Fog', 'A Gentle Creature')
Writer:
Sergey Loznitsa
Cast:
Valeriu AndriutãEvgeny ChistyakovGeorgiy Deliev

Donbass / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A scathing portrait of a society where human interaction has descended to a level of barbarity more in keeping with late antiquity than the so-called contemporary civilized world.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Donbass is a flawed, but vivid achievement.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa couches his bleak humour in documentary-like settings to create an environment that is unsettling and increasingly warped by its own logic.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

A sprawling black comedy with a vast ensemble cast, it evokes a chaotic state of social breakdown in the Donbass region of Ukraine, often with virtuoso brilliance, but its sometimes over-stretched vignettes can easily tax the overwhelmed viewer.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A brilliant formalist, Loznitsa likes to turn his camera on crowds in motion, turning each sequence into a collective indictment.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Loznitsa builds up a portrait of a bitter clockwork world where the faces of the doomed are above all part of a landscape.

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