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; ICA

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

Edinburgh; Filmhouse

Glasgow; Glasgow Film Theatre

Great Torrington; Plough Arts Centre

Holmfirth; Southgate Theatre, Honley

Lewes; The Depot

Manchester; Home

Newcastle; Tyneside Cinema

Oswestry; Kinokulture

Oxford; Ultimate Picture Palace

Sheffield; Showroom

Stoke-on-Trent; Stoke Film Theatre

Street; Strode Theatre

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