Sergei Loznitsa ('A Gentle Creature') returns this week with the darkly satirical 'Donbass' - now showing in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema. Rediscover his 5-star study of the tragedy of war from 2013 'In the Fog'.
Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, lives with his family. Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but spared hanging with the other and set free. Rumours of Sushenya's treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get revenge. As the partisans lead their victim through the forest, they are ambushed, and Sushenya finds himself one-to-one with his wounded enemy. Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.
★★★★ “An intense, slow-burning and haunting drama" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★★ "You may not have heard of Sergei Loznitsa, but he's one hell of a film-maker" - Jonathan Romney, The Independent
★★★★★ "Melancholic masterpiece, with a touch of Sergio Leone" - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph