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Sergei Loznitsa – Process #Venezia75

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Recovered almost 90 years after being shot, archive materials are put together in order to reconstruct one of Stalin’s regime fake trials.

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7 min. and 44 sec.

PODCAST| David Martos interviews Sergei Loznitsa, director of the film Process.

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We discussed with the director the difficulties of composing a film only with archive materials and the possible connections between the Stalinist regime depicted in the documentary film and nowadays Russia.

Process: Moscow, USSR. 1930. A group of top rank economists and engineers is put on trial accused of plotting a coup d’etat against the Soviet government. It’s alleged that they made a secret pact with the French Prime Minister, Raymond Poincare, and with other Western political leaders, aiming to destroy the Soviet power, restore capitalism and break up the USSR. All charges are fabricated and the accused are forced to confess to the crimes they never committed. Unique archive footage reconstructs one of the first show trials, masterminded by Stalin, which unfolds as a theatrical performance with actors – prosecutors, witnesses, defendants, judges – lying to themselves, to the audience and to the world.

For the page of the film on the Festival website, click here.

  • Reporter
    David Martos
  • Guest
    Sergei Loznitsa
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    Process
  • Festival section
    Out of Competition
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