Focused on Victory Day celebrations by the Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin, Sergei Loznitsa’s conceptual meditation explores human memory, our understanding of history, its continuity and disruptions.
Each year on May 9 Russian speaking people get together at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, Berlin to celebrate Victory Day. Among them there are former citizens of the USSR who long ago moved to Germany, new generation immigrants, bystanders, and tourists. Sergei Loznitsa silently observes them celebrating the Victory Day in the land of the defeated. People of different generations and destinies drink, argue about politics or war, look back on the old times, and discuss their shared history to reveal their true selves in front of the camera.
Paradoxes of the post-truth society expose themselves without any director manipulations: after breaking and then strangely uniting two nations, the Second World War seems to be either a myth or fantastic image of our reality. Past and present are closely monitored and analyzed by the director to show their complexity and ambiguity on the screen deprived of any visual or ideological clichés.
The screening is preceded by two short films by Sergei Loznitsa – Reflections (2014, 17 min.) and The Old Jewish Cemetery (2015, 20 min.)
Victory Day (Den’ Pobedy)
Director Sergei Loznitsa.
Germany, Lithuania, 2018, 94 minutes.