Donbass

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“The mastery of tone and style explains why Loznitsa won the best director’s prize for Donbass in the Cannes Festival’s Un Certain Regard section… Powerful and immediate, and made with such a lucid artistic vision.” ~ BBC

“Unnerving in a way that’s hard to put into words… The images of what was happening then provide a prologue to the horrors we are witnessing now — and amount to an unheeded warning.” Critic’s Pick! ~ The New York Times 

In the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine, mid-2010s: a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by Russian-separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth, and hatred is declared to be love. Life is suffused with fear and suspicion. What is real and what is fake news? Called “a darkly satirical omnibus of scathing vignettes” by the Washington Post, Donbass serves as a crucial interpretation of the Russo-Ukrainian war, but the film is not, ultimately, a tale of one region or one conflict. It is about a world lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us. “There is no other antiwar film quite like Donbass” (Los Angeles Times).