(Ukraina, Tyskland, Frankrike, Nederland, Romania)
During the display of Donbass – the latest film by Ukrainian documentary director Sergej Loznitsa during the international film festival in Ljubljana this fall – put two elderly people in line in front of me. When the view was over, the person on the right turned to the other and said, "Hey? Were they actors? Wasn't this a documentary? "
No, on the contrary
Loznitsa's new film explores the controversy over Donbass facts, between Ukraine and the Russian-backed People's Republic of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. The thirteen parts of the film are absolutely fictional: armed conflicts, crime and theft committed by separatist gangs are mixed together. War is called peace, propaganda is lifted up as truth, hatred is depicted as love. Loznitsa's journey through the Donbass region consists of a series of wild adventures, where the grotesque and the tragic fuse.
Sergei Loznitsa is a mathematician, expert on artificial intelligence, translator from Japanese and also a prolific director of documentaries and feature films. Working with both documentary and fiction is a rather unconventional combination for a filmmaker, but for Loznitsa this seems to be the only logical alternative, as one of the main themes of his work is the thin line between fiction and facts.
That the media has become an invisible part of life today is an accepted claim.
I Donbass he uses documentary approaches (he films with a handheld camera while the film has a loose narrative structure, without the main character), in what is. . .