DONBASS – Out Now in cinemas and On Demand
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 has previously played at the following venues:
London; Arthouse Crouch End
London; Curzon Bloomsbury
Aberdeen; The Belmont
Belfast; Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT)
Bracknell; South Hill Park
Canterbury; The Gulbenkian
Carlisle; Tullie House
Chichester; New Park Cinema
Colchester; First Site
Dublin; Irish Film Institute
Glasgow; Glasgow Film Theatre
Great Torrington; Plough Arts Centre
Holmfirth; Southgate Theatre, Honley
Lewes; The Depot
Newcastle; Tyneside Cinema
Oxford; Ultimate Picture Palace
Stoke-on-Trent; Stoke Film Theatre
Street; Strode Theatre