Sergei Loznitsa

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Sergei Loznitsa
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Born Belarusian: Сяргей Уладзіміравіч Лазніца
(1964-09-05) 5 September 1964 (age 50)
Baranovichi, Brest Voblast, Belorussian SSR, USSR
Occupation Film director
Years active 1996–present
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Sergei Loznitsa (Belarusian: Сяргей Уладзіміравіч Лазніца, Russian: Серге́й Влади́мирович Лозни́ца, Ukrainian: Сергій Володимирович Лозниця) is a Ukrainian[1] director of Belarusian ethnicity known for his documentary as well as dramatic films.


Loznitsa was born September 5, 1964 in the city of Baranovichi, in Belarus. At that time Belarus was part of the Soviet Union. Later Loznitsa family moved to Kiev, Ukraine, where finished high school.[2]

In 1987 he graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute as a mathematician. Between 1987 and 1991 he worked in the Institute of Cybernetics. He developed expert systems, systems of design-making and work on artificial intellect. At the same time he worked as a translator from the Japanese.

In 1991 he entered Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, in the department of directing of play-movies in the workshop of Nana Djordjadze. In 1997 he graduated with honor.[3]

Since 2000 he has worked as a documentary films director in Saint Petersburg. In 2001 he and his family moved to Germany.

In 2010 his film My Joy was selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[4] His 2012 film In the Fog competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[5][6] Maidan had its world premiere in a special screening at Cannes in May 2014, a record of the 2013-14 popular protests in Kiev and their violent suppression.[7]


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