When late last year the eyes of the entire world were fixed upon Ukraine, veteran director Sergei Loznitsa set aside the projects he was working on and, in anticipation of future events, quickly set out for Kiev. He was able to capture the first week of protests when the air was filled with solidarity and harmony, as well as the sinister chill of later bloody street fighting. Without offering action or heroism, he charts the course of the uprising in long, almost exclusively static shots. As he stated: “Maidan is the first film in my rather long documentary career, when I actually had to follow the events of ‘real life’ as they were unfolding.” The intensity of this authentic documentary report, which screened at Cannes, comes from the surgical precision with which Loznitsa stitches together the understated individual microdramas. By means of captivating images, he communicates to the viewer the gravity of the endlessly drawn out days during which Maidan became home to hundreds of thousands of ordinary Ukrainians.
Directed by: Sergei Loznitsa
Produced by: Maria Choustova-Baker, Sergei Loznitsa
Edited by: Sergei Loznitsa, Danielus Kokanauskis
Directors of Photography: Sergei Loznitsa, Serhiy Stefan Stetsenko, Mykhailo Yelchev
Festivals: Official Selection Special Screenings, Festival de Cannes, France, 2014; The Best Doc film, Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia, 2014; Astra Film Grand Prize, Astra Film Festival, Romania, 2014;Best Feature-Length Documentary Award, Festival dei Popoli, Italy, 2014; IDFA 2014; CPH:DOX, Denmark 2014; Doclisboa 2014; Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014; Sarajevo Film Festival 2014; BFI London Film Festival 2014; Zurich Film Festival; Viennale 2014; Talinn Black Nights Film Festival 2014; New Zealand International Film Festival 2014; Toronto International Film Festival 2014; Montreal International Film Festival 2014; Rokumenti, Finland 2014; Vancouver International Film Festival 2014; Odessa International Film Festival 2014; FIC Valdivia, Chile 2014
Awards: The Best Doc film, Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia, 2014; Astra Film Grand Prize, Astra Film Festival, Romania, 2014; Best Feature-Length Documentary Award, Festival dei Popoli, Italy, 2014