DONBASS – In cinemas from 26 April 2019


Donbass, from director Sergei Loznitsa (A Gentle Creature), winner of the Cannes ‘Un Certain Regard’ Prize for Best Director at the 2018 festival, will be released in cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) from 26 April 2019.

In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs.

In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth and hatred is declared to be love. 

A journey through the Donbass unfolds as a chain of curious adventures, where the grotesque and drama are as intertwined as life and death. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.

Constructed from 13 episodes, Loznitsa’s engrossing drama Donbass provides a unique take on one of the most disturbing and threatening of contemporary conflicts. After watching amateur videos posted on the internet, Loznitsa constructed his own screenplay, referencing the format of TV reports and the frequent construction of fake news. Donbass is enthusiastically acted, sometimes deliberately theatrical and something of a grotesque tour de force. It’s all brilliantly, if harrowingly, imagined with stunning imagery courtesy of expert cinematographer Oleg Mutu.


Donbass will be screening at the following venues:

Oswestry; Kinokulture; 26 June 2019 (1 Day) Book Here

Great Torrington; Plough Arts Centre; 3 & 10 July 2019 (2 Days) Book Here

Street; Strode Theatre; 8 July 2019 (1 Day) Book Here

Bracknell; South Hill Park; 15 & 16 July 2019 (2 Days) Book Here

Lewes; The Depot; 23 July 2019 (1 Day) Book Here

Carlisle; Tullie House; 30 September 2019 (1 Day)


Donbass has previously played at the following venues:

London; Arthouse Crouch End

London; ICA

London; Curzon Bloomsbury

Aberdeen; The Belmont

Belfast; Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT)

Canterbury; The Gulbenkian

Chichester; New Park Cinema

Dublin; Irish Film Institute

Edinburgh; Filmhouse

Glasgow; Glasgow Film Theatre

Holmfirth; Southgate Theatre, Honley

Manchester; Home

Newcastle; Tyneside Cinema

Oxford; Ultimate Picture Palace

Stoke-on-Trent; Stoke Film Theatre

Colchester; First Site


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