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Sergey LOZNITSA
Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА
Sergueï LOZNITSA
 
Netherlands / Lithuania, 2019, 135 mn 
documentary

State Funeral

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Directed by : Sergey LOZNITSA (Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА)
Writing credits : Sergey LOZNITSA (Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА)
Sound : Vladimir GOLOVNITSKY (Владимир ГОЛОВНИЦКИЙ)
Editing : Danielius KOKANAUSKIS (Даниелиус КОКАНАУСКИС)
Production : ATOMS & VOID (The Netherlands) in co-production with Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania)
 

Plot synopsis
Unique, mostly unseen before, archive footage from March 1953, presents the funeral of Joseph Stalin as the culmination of the dictator’s personality cult. The news of Stalin’s death on March 5, 1953, shocked the entire Soviet Union. The burial ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of mourners. We observe every stage of the funeral spectacle, described by Pravda newspaper as “the Great Farewell”, and receive an unprecedented access to the dramatic and absurd experience of life and death under Stalin’s reign.
The film addresses the issue of Stalin’s personality cult as a form of terror-induced delusion. It gives an insight into the nature of the regime and its legacy, still haunting the contemporary world.
https://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2019/
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Sergei Loznitsa: State Funeral (2019), Birgit BEUMERS, Kinokultura, 2020
Sergueï Loznitsa revisite les funérailles de Staline, François EKCHAJZER, Telerama, 2020
La Presse a vu… State Funeral de Sergueï Loznitsa, André DUCHESNE, lapresse.ca, 2019
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Intégrale Sergueï Loznitsa au Centre Pompidou et carte blanche au réalisateur, Paris (France), 2020
- FIPADOC, Biarritz (France), 2020
- Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 2019
- Festival international du film de Marrakech : FIFM, Marrakech (Morocco), 2019
- International Art Documentary Film Festival "Artdocfest", Moscow (Russia), 2019

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