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DONBASS

DONBASS
© ma.ja.de. Fiction

When war is called peace, when propaganda is uttered as truth, when hatred is declared to be love, life itself begins to resemble death. Surviving Donbass. A practical guide to Inferno.

The action of the film takes place in a region of Eastern Ukraine, occupied by various criminal gangs, which are fighting at once with the Ukrainian regular army, with other gangs and with Russian troops. The context in which the action takes place is a hybrid war, happening alongside an open armed conflict, accompanied by robberies on a mass scale and gradual degradation of the civilian population. There is fear, deception, hatred and violence everywhere. Society is collapsing, and death and deadly silence lie upon the place. The state of war reaches its climax.

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Sergei Loznitsa
Screenplay Sergei Loznitsa
Cinematography Oleg Mutu
Cast Tamara Yatsenko, Liudmila Smorodina, Olesya Zhurakovskaya, Boris Kamorzin, Thorsten Merten, Sergei Russkin, Petro Panchuk, Irina Plesnyaeva, Zhanna Lubgane, Vadim Dobuvsky, Alexander Zamurayev, Gerogy Deliev, Valeriu Andriuta, Konstantin Itunin, Valery Antoniuk, Nina Antonova, Natalia Buzko, Sergei Kolesov, Svetlana Kolesova, Sergei Smeyan
Producer Heino Deckert
Production Company ma.ja.de. Fiction, in co-production with Arthouse Traffic, JBA Production, Graniet Film, Wild at Art, Digital Cube
Runtime 120 min
Language
 Russian, Ukrainian
Festivals Cannes 2018 (Un Certain Regard - Opening Film), Jerusalem 2018, Toronto 2018, BFI London 2018, CPH PIX 2018, Reykjavik 2018, Helsinki 2018, Busan 2018, Stockholm 2018, Sevilla 2018, Black Nights Tallinn 2018, Goa 2018, Cairo 2018, Kerala 2018, Palm Springs 2019, Dublin 2019, Bengaluru 2019, Hong Kong 2019, Warsaw 2019
Awards Best Director Un Certain Regard Cannes 2018, Golden Giraldillo Sevilla 2018, Golden Peacock Award Goa 2018, Golden Dzigas Ukrainian National Film Award 2019
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Creative Europe MEDIA, Eurimages, CNC Cinema du Monde, National Film Fund Romania, Dutch Film Fund, Ukrainian State Film Agency

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