VICTORY DAY / 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 lay flowers at the monument to the Soviet soldier; they sing, dance and drink. They celebrate the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany.
The film is a direct reportage from Treptower Park 72 years after the victory.
Where Does Homeland Begin? Close-Up on Sergei Loznitsaʼs "Victory Day"on Notebook MUBI, 2019-02-14, www.mubi.com
May 9, 2017. Belarus-born, Ukraine-raised, and now Berlin-based filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa brings his camera to Treptower Park, in former East Berlin, to document the 61st celebration of Victory Day. What results is rich and knotty work of documentary cinema by one of the great chroniclers (and occasional critics) of 20th century Russian history.
The Fifth Edition of "Art of the Real" Offers Form-Bending History Lessonsby Ela Bittencourt, 2018-04-26, www.villagevoice.com
No selection this year is more steeped in history than Sergei Loznitsa’s Victory Day (2018). His blunt approach made his earlier Austerlitz (2016) stilted and scornful, but Loznitsa is less categorical in the new film.
festivals & awards
- Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin
- Cinéma du réel, Paris
- BAFICI, Buenos Aires
- Art of the Real Lincoln Center, New York
- Hot Docs, Toronto
- Jeonju International Film Festival
- Krakow Film Festival
- Sheffield Doc Fest
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
- Black Canvas Festival, Mexico City
- VIENNALE, Vienna
- RIDM, Montreal