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THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY / 2014

SYNOPSIS

Riga. Tourists and local drunks wander through a sleepy afternoon, children play on the grass, and a tram lazily crisscrosses through everything that happens. Sergei Loznitsa, one of the most precise and sensitive observers of the Eastern European region, explores the locus of a defunct Jewish cemetery, observing the people and the somewhat torpid street activity, and capturing the contemporary life of a place where burials were still conducted during the Second World War. Factual commentary is suppressed in favor of contemplating the changes to a seemingly uninteresting place whose atmosphere has been softened by the everyday.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

original title
СТАРОЕ ЕВРЕЙСКОЕ КЛАДБИЩЕ [STAROE EVREISKOE KLADBISCHE]
english title
THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY
genre
documentary
country
Latvia
year
2014
color
b&w
runtime
20 min
sound
5.1

CREW

written & directed
Sergei Loznitsa
director(s) of photography
Sergiy Stefan Stetsenko
sound
Vladimir Golovnitski
editing
Danielius Kokanauskis
production
Mistrus Media