14-20 November 2016

Closing Screening

Austerlitz | Sergei Loznitsa

  • Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa )


There are places in Europe that remain as painful memories of the past. The film’s title refers to the eponymous novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust. Filmed on the sites of former Nazi concentration camps, Austerlitz is an observation of the hordes of tourists who visit these memorial sites every year. Why do they go there? What are they looking for? “Marx said: ‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.’ The disquieting theme of Loznitsa’s Austerlitz is that in our epoch, history—no matter how tragic—tends to repeat itself as tourism.” —Jonathan Romney, ScreenDaily


Sergei Loznitsa (Baranovichi, 1964) graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute as a mathematician and went to work at the Institute of Cybernetics. He later studied film at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow and has since made over 18 documentaries, including Portrait (2002), Factory (2004), Blockade (2005) and Artel (2006), all screened in competition at previous editions of l'Alternativa. His two fiction films My Joy (2010) and In the Fog (2012) both had their world premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.


  • Country Germany
  • Year 2016
  • Format Digital
  • Running time 94 min
  • Image BW
  • Language English, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles English
  • Production company Imperativ Film
  • Producer Sergei Loznitsa
  • Photography Sergei Loznitsa, Jesse Mazuch
  • Editor Danielus Kokanauskis
  • Sound Vladimir Golovnitski
  • Contact [email protected]


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