Loznitsa’s STATE FUNERAL to Venice
1 August 2019
The world premiere of Sergei Loznitsa’s newest documentary STATE FUNERAL will take place at the Venice Film Festival (28-August until 7-September). The film screens in the Out of Competition section of the Festival.
State Funeral, the 25th film by Loznitsa, is a documentary, based on the archive footage shot in the USSR on March 5 - 9, 1953, when the country mourned and buried Joseph Stalin.
Unique, mostly unseen before, archive footage from March 1953, presents the funeral of Joseph Stalin as the culmination of the dictator’s personality cult. The news of Stalin’s death on March 5, 1953, shocked the entire Soviet Union. The burial ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of mourners. We observe every stage of the funeral spectacle, described by Pravda newspaper, as the Great Farewell, and receive an unprecedented access to the dramatic and absurd experience of life and death under Stalin’s reign. The film addresses the issue of Stalin’s personality cult as a form of terror-induced delusion. It gives an insight into the nature of the regime and its legacy, still haunting the contemporary world.
Loznitsa about the Venice selection: "I'm absolutely delighted! It's a great honour to present my new film in Venice and to be able to share this unique material with the most distinguished audience of film lovers and film experts! I would like to thank Mr Alberto Barbera and his colleagues for their support and their trust. We are working very hard now to make sure that we can present the film in the best possible quality. The archive footage I'm working with is absolutely precious and I believe that the subject I'm dealing with is crucially relevant for contemporary audiences,"
The film is produced by ATOMS & VOID (The Netherlands) in co-production with Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania), with the support of Lithuanian Film Centre and Current Time TV (USA). ATOMS & VOID is a film production company run by Sergei Loznitsa and Maria Choustova and has been created in The Netherlands in 2013. The company has produced 7 documentary films by Sergei Loznitsa. ATOMS & VOID also participates as associate producer in the production of feature films by Sergei Loznitsa.
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