Sergei Loznitza Master Class: Structures of Remembrance, Archives of History, and Post-WWII Representation

Colloquium | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Theater 2

 Sergei Loznitza

 Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Comparative Literature

Sergei Loznitza will speak in English and Russian on the issues raised by his films and questions of representation of historical and contemporary events as well as dilemmas of post-Holocaust memory in a short intimate master class/round table with Comparative Literature professor Miryam Sas. Filmmaker and critic Neil Young in attendance. Ivan Sokolov and Irina Paperno interpreting.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE. Because of limited space, please pre-register.


Afterimage: Sergei Loznitsa

February 22—24

BAMPFA is pleased to host the works of internationally renowned filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa. Loznitsa (born in 1964 in Belarus, raised in Ukraine, educated in Moscow) has emerged over the past decade as a thoughtful commentator on a range of political and socioeconomic issues related to Ukraine, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc countries.
Originally trained in engineering and math, he was employed as a scientist at the Institute of Cybernetics before he applied to study at VGIK, the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, in the mid-1990s. Today, Loznitsa is equally praised for his work in documentary and narrative film. On occasion, he mines archival footage to examine and reanimate historical events, such as the siege of Leningrad in his celebrated documentary Blockade. Most often, Loznitsa adopts an observational style, which allows his camera to show a situation rather than tell it. In his new film, Austerlitz, tourists wander amid a former concentration camp turned profit center in Loznitsa’s memorable investigation of the atrocity exhibition industry. Maidan, composed from extended fixed shots of Kiev’s Maidan Square protests tracks the trajectory from peaceful dissent to violent confrontation. Loznitsa has also chosen to film locations—these works offer intimate views of contemporary life in rural Russia and Eastern Europe (The Old Jewish Cemetery; Life, Autumn; Factory; Landscape). In the Fog is a narrative film on partisans in Belorusia in the World War II. Loznitsa’s cinema is carefully constructed, allowing viewers space to interpret what his films present and form their own opinions about the subject at hand. Film critic Neil Young (The Hollywood Reporter, Sight & Sound, Tribune, MUBI Notebook) serves as the guest moderator of this series.
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