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Russia / Germany / Ukraina, 2008, 83 mn 
Colour, black and white, documentary

The Revue

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 La Revue


Directed by : Sergey LOZNITSA (Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА)
Writing credits : Sergey LOZNITSA (Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА)
Sound : Vladimir GOLOVNITSKY (Владимир ГОЛОВНИЦКИЙ)
Produced by : Heino DECKERT (Хайно ДЕККЕРТ), Vyacheslav TELNOV (Вячеслав ТЕЛЬНОВ), Svetlana ZINOVIEVA (Светлана ЗИНОВЬЕВА)
Production : St Petersburg Documentary Film Studio, MA.JA.DE. Filmproduction, Inspiration Films (Ukraine), MDR, YLE Teema
Release date in Russia : 28/01/2008

Note :
Black & white film based on unique material from old Soviet newsreels from the 1950s and 1960s revive the time of Soviet propaganda.

Plot synopsis
After his successful film, Blockade, which consisted of newsreel footage from the vast Soviet archives and covered the unknown side of the siege of Leningrad during WW II, director Sergei Loznitsa continued working with newsreel material. This time though, he found a different theme in the archive footage. He also found a new form of presenting it. The original soundtrack made for Blockade was meant to make the viewer feel part of the action. His latest film, The Revue, is based on archive propaganda newsreels produced in the USSR in the 1950s and 1960s. By changing the film's stylistics the director also tries to change the role of the audience. While creatively re-using the same propaganda tools, he lets the audience become the object of the propaganda. With The Revue Loznitsa shows the almost forgotten side of the Soviet times and the way of thinking then. He explores the lives of people across the vast Soviet Motherland. Full of hardship, deprivation and absurd rituals, but at the same time illuminated by the glorious shining of the communist illusion. All this is wrapped in the author’s approach to the material, as shown in the editing, soundtrack and form of the film. (LC)

Selected in the following festivals :
- Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival : IDFA, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2016
- Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Sao Paulo (Brazil ), 2012
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2012
- Trieste Film Festival, Trieste (Italy), 2011
- Month of the documentary in France, Different cities (France), 2010
- États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France), 2009
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2009
- Trieste Film Festival, Trieste (Italy), 2009
- National Documentary Awards : Laurel, Moscow (Russia), 2009
- Punto de Vista documentary film festival of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain), 2009
- Yerevan International Film Festival "Golden Apricot", Yerevan (Armenia), 2008
- Melbourne International Film Festival - MIFF, Melbourne (Australia), 2008
- Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver (Canada), 2008
- International Leipzig Festival for documentary and animated film, Leipzig (Germany), 2008
- Jerusalem International Film Festival, Jerusalem (Israel), 2008
- Riga International Film Festival “Arsenals”, Riga (Latvia), 2008
- Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2008
- Krakow Film Festival, Krakow (Poland), 2008
- International Art Documentary Film Festival "Artdocfest", Moscow (Russia), 2008
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2008
- Message to Man : International Short, Documentary and Animated Film Festival, St Petersburg (Russia), 2008
- Documentary and feature film festival ''Kinoteatr.doc'', Moscow (Russia), 2008
- Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia "Kinoshock", Anapa (Russia), 2008
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2008
- International Film Festival Bratislava, Brastislava (Slovakia), 2008

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