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453 Ratings

The Event


Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Netherlands, Belgium, 2015


In August 1991 a failed coup d’état led by a group of hard-core communists in Moscow ended the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. In Leningrad thousands of confused, scared, excited and desperate people poured into the streets to become a part of the event, which was supposed to change their destiny.

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The Event Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Every edit in The Event is the filmmaker’s own; which is to say, formally, it is an achievement in itself. To have cut and shaped this narrative with such skill, from raw material shot by others, Loznitsa drew upon his experience in making his two previous archive-based pictures.
August 07, 2017
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Loznitsa uses footage captured by eight cameramen covering protests of the failed 1991 putsch against Mikhail Gorbachev’s Soviet government to take a delicately affecting frieze of lost Russian optimism. When Putin pops up, waves of present tragedy rush through the material.
January 13, 2017
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Rigorously sticking to its fixed-camera aesthetic even as the police open fire on protesters mere yards from the filmmakers, it’s a powerful in seeing-as-material-resistance that rises above typical protest films by integrating the act of filmmaking itself—when the camera moves, it’s to save the life of its operator.
March 03, 2016
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