WHO ARE YOU, MR. LOZNITSA?
This text happens to be one of the first attempts at the analysis of Sergei Loznitsa’s output in Polish film criticism. The director of In the Fog is nowadays one of the most established artists of Eastern Europe. Having been awarded several times for his documentary movies, he has proven his talent also as the author of two plots that were assigned to the Main Competition category at the Cannes Film Festival. The article familiarizes Polish readers with Loznitsa’s work with particular emphasis on the complicated identity of the director. Sergei Loznictsa — born in Belarus, brought up in Kiev and today living in Berlin — is making his movies mostly on Russian province. His biographical experiences enable him to adopt at the same time the perspective of an outsider and a man that knows perfectly the reality he is describing. Due to lack of interest in Loznitsa’s work among Polish film experts, this text provides information about the director and invites to further investigation in the field of his output. It may seem especially encouraging in the times of modern-day political crisis in Eastern Europe whose origins, broadly described by the author, may lie in the consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Translated by Piotr Czerkawski