Date: 27 January 2022 (ended)
Section: DOCUMENTARY OUT OF COMPETITION
Location: Teatro Miela
Piazza Luigi Amedeo Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, 34132 Trieste TS
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BABI YAR. CONTEXT
(Babij Jar. Il contesto)
Paesi Bassi – Ucraina / The Netherlands – Ukraine
2021, HD, col. & b-n / b-w, 121’
v.o. russa – tedesca / Russian – German o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Sergej Loznica. Montaggio / Editing: Sergej Loznica, Tomasz Wolski, Danielius Kokanauskis. Suono / Sound: Vladimir Golovnitski. Restauro immagini / Image Restoration: Jonas Zagorskas. Produzione, distribuzione internazionale / Produced by, World Sales: ATOMS & VOID. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.
On September 1941, Sonderkommando 4a of the Einsatzgruppe C, assisted by two battalions of the Police Regiment South and Ukrainian Auxiliary Police, and without any resistance from the local population, shot dead in the Babi Yar ravine in the north-west of Kiev 33.771 Jews. The film reconstructs the historical context of this tragedy through archive footage documenting the German occupation of Ukraine and the subsequent decade.
Winner of “L’Oeil d’Or” for Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered.
“The footage comes from a number of public and private archives in Russia, Germany and Ukraine … our researchers worked at the Russian State Archive in Krasnogorsk (RGAKFD), at the Bundesarchiv and at a number of regional archives in Germany, and also we managed to access some private collections … Some of the footage has been buried in the archives for decades – nobody has ever seen it. Not even historians, specialising in the Holocaust in the USSR…” (S. Loznitsa)
Internationally renowned film and documentary director, Sergei Loznitsa was born in 1964 in Baranavichy, now Belarus. In 1987 he graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in applied mathematics. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from VGIK in Moscow, in movie production and direction. Besides presenting a number of his films, in 2011 the Trieste FF dedicated a tribute to his cinema; in 2013 his feature In the Fog won the Best Feature Film award of the festival. In 2019 Loznitsa has been invited to hold a masterclass, within the 30th edition of the festival.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2000 Polustanok doc. 2002 Portret doc. 2004 Fabrika doc. 2005 Blokada doc. 2008 Predstavlenie doc. 2010 Sčast’je moje (My Joy) 2012 V tumane (In the Fog / Anime nella nebbia); Premi / Awards: Cannes – Premio FIPRESCI / FIPRESCI Prize; Trieste FF – Miglior lungometraggio / Best Feature Film 2014 Maidan doc. 2015 Sobytie doc. 2016 Austerlitz 2017 Krotkaja (A Gentle Creature) 2018 Donbass; Premi / Awards: Cannes “Un Certain Regard” – Miglior regia / Best Director; Den’ Pobedy (Victory Day) doc.; Process (The Trial) doc. 2019 State Funeral doc. 2021 Babi Yar. Context doc.; Premi / Awards: Cannes – Miglior documentario / Best Documentary; Mr. Landsbergis; Premi / Awards: IDFA – Miglior film, Miglior montaggio / Best Film, Best Editing