Sergei Loznitsa, The Event, 2015. Courtesy Atoms & Void

Sergei Loznitsa, The Event, 2015. Courtesy Atoms & Void

Sergei Loznitsa, The Event, 2015. Courtesy Atoms & Void

Sergei Loznitsa, The Event, 2015. Courtesy Atoms & Void

Sergei Loznitsa, The Event, 2015. Courtesy Atoms & Void

Sergei Loznitsa, The Event, 2015. Courtesy Atoms & Void

Loznitsa’s new film is a found-footage epic about the failed coup of August 1991 that signaled the fall of the Soviet Union. President Gorbachev was detained and state TV and radio, usurped in the coup, broadcast Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake instead of news bulletins. Crowds of protesters gathered in Moscow and Leningrad, preparing to defend the Boris Yeltsin’s democratic opposition.

Comprised entirely of archive footage shot in Leningrad during the 1991 putsch, the absence of voiceover commentary transforms the film into a portrait of the crows gathered on the square. The Event captures an impassioned people caught up in the fear, euphoria, and confusion of a profound political transformation. Charting that conversion with his characteristic elegance, lyricism, and probing intelligence, Loznitsa has created a vital document of a great city at a time of historic upheaval.

‘The film has an astonishing urgency… We see the Russian people at once anxious and exuberant on the brink of long hoped-for change… But the crowds can’t know that they’re about to enter an era that will be traumatic for them in different ways’. (Jonathan Romney, Screendaily)

Followed by Skype Q&A with director Sergei Loznitsa.

The Event, dir: Sergei Loznitsa, 2015, Netherlands/Belgium, DCP, 74min + director Q&A. Courtesy Atoms & Void.

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.

The Event
Sergei Loznitsa

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

Sat 19 March, 5.45pm (74min + Director Q&A)

Tyneside Cinema

10 –12 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle
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