Ukraina, 2022  
The Natural History of Destruction
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Естественная история разрушения


 Histoire naturelle d'une destruction

 Esyestvennaya istoria razrushenyia

Directed by : Sergey LOZNITSA (Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА)
Production : Nederlands Filmfonds, LOOKSfilm, rbb and MDR

Plot synopsis
The film is inspired by W.G. Sebald’s text “Luftkrieg und Literatur”. Sebald describes the phenomenon of mass destruction of the German civilian population and German cities by massive Allied air raids during World War II. In particular, he examines the perception and processing of this phenomenon in European post-war literature.

Commentaries and bibliography
The NATURAL HISTORY OF DESTRUCTION by Sergei Loznitsa will have its world premiere in the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival (Special Screening) in May. Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s book and based on WWII archive footage, the film puts forward the question: is it morally acceptable to use civilian population as a means of war? Is it possible to justify mass destruction for the sake of higher “moral” ideals? The question remains as relevant today, as it was 80 years ago, and its urgency is tragically manifested in the current events.

Selected in the following festivals :
- Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 2022