Austerlitz

Filmed on the sites of former Nazi concentration camps, Loznitsa’s (Maidan, In the Fog) Austerlitz is a stark observation of the hordes of tourists who visit these memorial sites every year. Why do they go there? What are they looking for? How is it that such profoundly tragic sites have wound up as almost theme parks for the memory-less? “Marx said: ‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.’ The disquieting theme of Austerlitz is that in our epoch, history—no matter how tragic—tends to repeat itself as tourism.”—Screen Daily. In several languages with English subtitles.

Reviews: Variety, Cinema Scope, Sight & Sound, Screen Daily, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times (first review)

Interviews: Interview with Sergei Loznitsa at Fandor Keyframe

 

Filmography: Maidan (2014), Letter (2013), In the Fog (2012), My Joy (2010)

Other Films by Sergei Loznitsa

Maidan

Loznitsa, whose My Joy and In the Fog have screened in recent PIFFs, brings his distinctively vision to a remarkable eye-witness account of the protests in Kiev’s Independence (Maidan) Square, which led to the departure of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych. Filmed between December 2013 and February 2014 in long, fixed-point takes, we watch the ebb and flow of actual