Accreditation
 
Anja Salomonowitz
Thursday 13.04.2017

Anja Salomonowitz

Peter Strickland
Wednesday 12.04.2017

Peter Strickland

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý and Štěpán Hulík
Sunday 26.03.2017

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý and Štěpán Hulík

Ludovica Ferrario
Friday 10.03.2017

Ludovica Ferrario

Steve Matthews
Sunday 26.02.2017

Steve Matthews

 

Blockade

Is the knowing of our past history really important?

No words, no music, only sounds and pictures of slowly dying city. Case study of documentary by Sergei Loznitsa was shot with no dialogue and consists of black and white footage shot during the Siege of Leningrad in the Second World War, composed of unique material from Moscow film archives.

"Match between sound and image is concise but not too literal, and editing builds the pace well toward its climax, when the city is finally liberated and the war ends."
Variety


The longest siege during World War II was that of Leningrad, which lasted for 900 days, from September 1941 to January 1944, when Hitler attempted to starve the Soviet city of three million people into submission. Blockade vividly re-creates those momentous events, adding an evocative soundtrack to the original black-and-white silent footage, without voiceover, explanatory subtitles or any other contextualizing material. Blockade is organized episodically, beginning with defensive measures, the devastating effect of artillery shelling and aerial bombing of the city; the marching of captured German soldiers through the streets, surrounded by Soviet crowds; the corpses lying on street corners; citizens desperately foraging for food, water and firewood; the joyous celebrations upon the breaking of the siege and the disturbing aftermath. Blockade is a dramatically compelling demonstration of the power of archival footage to bring history to life.


"Why make a film about the World War II? Due to certain reasons, artists during the Soviet era had a very limited opportunity to reflect upon the events that took place in those tragic years. The post-Soviet culture also has produced very few works that give an unbiased representation of the events of that period. However, these tragic events need to be reflected upon and analyzed."
Sergei Loznitsa

Case study of Blockade will be together with a case study of Landscape.

Directed by: Sergei Loznitsa
Produced by: Viacheslav Telnov
Cinematography: N. Blajkow, A. Bogorow, J. Blumberg, A. Bistrow, V. Valdaizew, N. Golod, B. Dementiew, N. Dolgow, S. Iwanow, O. Iwanow, L. Isaksohn, A. Klimow, A. Ksenovontow, R. Karmen, L. Lewitin, E. Leibowich
Edited by: Jane Seitz         
Sound by: Vladimir Golovnitzkiy
Russia, 2006, 52 minutes