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Victory Day

День Победы

Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Germany, 2018


Every year, on the 9th of May, people gather in Treptower Park in Berlin. They come dressed in their best outfits or in Soviet military uniform. They carry flags, banners and posters, they sing, dance and drink. They celebrate the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany.

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Victory Day Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
For all of its formal precision and clarity, watching the film leaves viewers in a state of constant disorientation, with wide shots framing crowds dressed in styles that seem to extend from the Russian revolution through to the future (this being Berlin, after all).
February 14, 2019
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The site’s epic, pathos-heavy symbolism seduces even as it repels. In one mausoleum relief, thanks to Loznitsa’s forced perspective, a German plane appears small enough to be struck by a Soviet peasant’s outstretched, elegantly poised hand. The iconography evokes episodes of unremitting civilian suffering during an airstrike, yet Loznitsa captures it first in close-up, revealing an uncanny inner strength.
April 26, 2018
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There is an arc, the day. The morning begins relatively quietly. A small dog pulls a wagon bearing a portrait of Stalin. The crowd thickens, the noise level rises, then subsides as the long day closes. Victory Day is not at all uninteresting; it’s just about three times as long as it needs to be.
March 05, 2018
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