Sergey Loznitsa was born September 5th, 1964 in the city of Baranovitchi, in Belarus. At that time Belarus was part of the Soviet Union. Later Sergey’s family moved to Kiev, Ukraine, where Sergey finished high school.
In 1981 Sergey applied and was admitted to Kiev Polytechnic Institute, with the major in applied mathematic and control systems. In 1987 he graduated with a degree in engineering and mathematics.
From 1987 through 1991 Sergey was employed as a scientist at the Institute of Cybernetics. He was involved in the development of expert systems, artificial intelligence, and decision-making processes. In addition to his main job, Sergey worked as a translator from Japanese. During that time Sergey developed a strong interest in cinematography, and in 1991 he applied to Russian State Institute of Cinematography, in Moscow. After passing a very vigorous selection process, Sergey was admitted to the Institute. He studied in the studio of Nana Dzhordzhadze. In 1997 Sergey graduated with honors with the major in movie production and direction.
From 2000 he produces works in the Studio of Documentary Films in St.Petersburg.
In 2000 he was awarded “Nipkov program” grant in Berlin. In 2001 Sergey immigrated with his family to Germany.
Sergey Loznitsa has directed 18 internationally acclaimed documentary films. His two feature films, “Schastye moe” (2010) and “V tumane” (2012) had their world premieres at the Festival de Cannes, where “V tumane” received the FIPRESCI prize. Loznitsa’s feature-length documentary film “Maidan“, dedicated to the Ukrainian Revolution, premiered in 2014 at the Festival de Cannes. His feature-length documentary film “Sobytie” that revisits the dramatic moments of August 1991 in the USSR, a failed coup d’état attempt (known as Putsch) premiered at la Biennale di Venezia in 2015.