Sergei Loznitsa was born in 1964 in Baranovichi in the former USSR. He grew up in Kiev, and graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. From 1987-1991, he was employed at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, working on artificial intelligence research. He also worked as a translator for Japanese. In 1997 Sergei Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). He studied Feature Filmmaking in the class of Nana Dzhordzhadze. From 2000-2008 he worked at the St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. In 2001, he and his family moved to Germany. A selection of his award-winning films includes: TODAY WE ARE GOING TO BUILD A HOUSE (1996), LIFE, AUTUMN (1998), THE TRAIN STOP (2000), SETTLEMENT (2001), PORTRAIT (2002), LANDSCAPE (2003), FACTORY (2004), BLOCKADE (2005), ARTEL (2006), REVUE (2008), MY JOY (2010), IN THE FOG (2012), AUSTERLITZ (2016), and DONBASS (2018).