Sergei Loznitsa

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Sergei Loznitsa
Сяргей Уладзіміравіч Лазніца
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Born (1964-09-05) 5 September 1964 (age 57)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1996–present
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Sergei Loznitsa (Belarusian: Сяргей Уладзіміравіч Лазніца, Russian: Серге́й Влади́мирович Лозни́ца, Ukrainian: Сергій Володимирович Лозниця) (born 5 September 1964) is a Ukrainian[1] director known for his documentary as well as dramatic films.


Loznitsa was born on 5 September 1964 in the city of Baranovichi, in Belarus. At that time Belarus was part of the Soviet Union. Later the Loznitsa family moved to Kyiv, Ukraine, where Loznitsa 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 intelligence. At the same time he worked as a translator from the Japanese.

In 1991 he entered Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, in the fictional film direction department in the workshop of Nana Djordjadze. In 1997 he graduated with honors.[3]

In 2000 he has worked as a documentary film 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 Kyiv and their violent suppression.[7] His latest documentary is "Babi Yar. Context" created with help from Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.[8]

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  1. ^ "Sergei LOZNITSA". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Sergei Loznitsa - Film director". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  3. ^ Sergei Loznitsa in the Encyclopedia of Russian Cinema
  4. ^ CNN: "Cannes 101: A film festival field guide"
  5. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  6. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  7. ^ interview sergei loznitsa filmcomment
  8. ^ The tragedy of Babi Yar in the film by Sergei Loznitsa (Russian), by Dmitry Volchek, RFE/RL.
  9. ^ The unification of the prison with the people (Russian), by Dmitry Volchek, RFE/RL
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  12. ^ Lodge, Guy (18 May 2018). "Cannes: 'Border' Leads Un Certain Regard Award Winners". Variety. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  13. ^ Boas, Matthew (3 December 2018). "Álvaro Brechner wins the Golden Pyramid at Cairo with A Twelve-Year Night". Cineuropa. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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