Sergei Loznitsa


Sergei Loznitsa (1964) is a Ukrainian director, scriptwriter and producer. He grew up in Kiev and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics and worked as a scientist specialising in artificial intelligence research as well as a translator from Japanese. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he studied feature film-making. Since 1996 Sergei Loznitsa has directed 15 documentaries. He has received numerous international awards at festivals in Karlovy Vary, Leipzig, Krakow, Paris, Madrid, Toronto, Jerusalem, St-Petersburg, as well as the Russian National Film awards “Nika” and “Laurel”. Sergei Loznitsa’s montage film Blockade (2005) is based on the archive footage of a besieged Leningrad. Loznitsa’s feature debut My Joy (2010) premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes, and was followed by In The Fog, which was awarded the FIPRESCI prize at Cannes in 2012. In 2013 Sergei Loznitsa launched a film production and distribution company called Atoms & Void. Sergei continues to work in both the documentary and feature genres. His feature length documentary Maidan, dedicated to the revolution in Ukraine, premiered at the Festival de Cannes 2014. Sergei is currently preparing his next feature film, Babi Yar, which will narrate the events that took place in Kiev during the beginning of Nazi occupation.