Sergei Loznitsa, Maidan, 2014. Courtesy Dogwoof

Sergei Loznitsa, Maidan, 2014. Courtesy Dogwoof

Sergei Loznitsa, Maidan, 2014. Courtesy Dogwoof

Sergei Loznitsa, Maidan, 2014. Courtesy Dogwoof

Maidan chronicles the civil uprising against the regime of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych that took place in Kyiv in the winter of 2013–14. The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies half a million strong, in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), to the bloody street battles between protestors and riot police. Maidan is a portrait of an awakening nation, rediscovering its identity.

In his characteristic approach Loznitsa presents the mounting unrest in a series of statically framed long takes, without interview or commentary. Rather than filming individual perspectives he focuses on the collectivity of the revolution and mass human movement.

‘It is a popular movement, and what I wanted to show, the subject of my film, is the people… That is why I chose a style that enabled me to have many characters, groups, masses of people in the frame at the same time – to observe their actions and movements.’ (Sergei Loznitsa)

Maidan, dir: Sergei Loznitsa, 2014, Ukraine/Netherlands, 130min + Q&A, Dogwoof.

Presented as part of Levels of Democracy: Ukraine Film Weekend, more information about all the films in the series here.

Film Pass Three: Levels of Democracy: Ukraine Film Weekend
Fri 18 – Sun 20 March
£30 Full Price / £25 Concession
Includes entrance to all films in the series. Offer excludes Test Dept live soundtrack, separate tickets available
Film Passes can only be booked via the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

Maidan
Sergei Loznitsa

£7.50/£6, book here
Film Pass Three, £30/£25

Sun 20 March, 5.15pm (130min + Q&A)

Tyneside Cinema

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