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For audiences aged 7 and above
|Loznitsa uses fixed, steady, black-and-white digital camera angles to scrutinize tourists at the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp north of Berlin, dispensing with voiceover, captions or any kind of onscreen text. The challengingly austere results are unlikely to gain the director many new followers, but will consolidate his sky-high reputation with existing devotees. Plentiful festival play is a given, with niche theatrical exposure in receptive territories possibly also indicated.
Both of Loznitsa's fictional features, My Joy (2010) and In The Fog (2012), have competed at Cannes, while his epic survey of political turmoil in central Kiev, Maidan (2014), matched the pair in terms of acclaim and international prizes. Over the last 20 years he has quietly assembled a dauntingly impressive filmography, including several shorts of masterpiece level. His is an oeuvre of remarkable consistency in terms of its intellectual rigor, technical excellence and intense focus on the interplay between recent history and current epochs.
Neil Young / The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa (born in 1964) became internationally famed for his roadmovie My Joy (Щастя моє, 2010) which was the first Ukrainian film competing at Cannes. Austerlitz is his fifth feature film.
|Screenplay: Sergei Loznitsa
Production: Sergei Loznitsa / Imperativ Film
Sales: Imperativ Film