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192 Ratings


Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Germany, Ukraine, 2018


When war is called peace, when propaganda is uttered as truth, when hatred is declared to be love, then life itself begins to resemble death. In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside mass scale robberies perpetrated by gangs.

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Donbass Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Donbass is the film in which Loznitsa’s work as both fiction and documentary filmmaker come into closest harmony.
January 11, 2019
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With such contrasts, the filmmaker sustains a balance between satirical clout and genuine disgust.
January 09, 2019
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In perhaps the most harrowing scene of all, unbearable in its gradual mood shift and escalation, a man is tied to a pole with a sign announcing him to passersby as a pro-Ukrainian mercenary killer. Its intricate weave of interaction is a lesson not only in how mobs function, but how traumatic experiences and attitudes passed down through generations move virally and boil up again with little need of prodding.
December 20, 2018
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