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Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Ukraine 2014 133 mins. In Ukrainian

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 events, from celebration and community to violent conflict with armed riot police. Without commentary and only occasional identifying inter-titles, Loznitsa paints a timeless portrait of protest and change that will grip anyone interested in what it takes to stand for change. “This stunning, epic-scaled film harkens back to the heroic, journalistic roots of documentary-making and yet feels ineffably modern and formally daring.”—Film Comment.