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The Kiev Trial

Sergei Loznitsa
Niederlande, Ukraine 2022
106 min
OmeU

In BABI YAR. CONTEXT waren bereits Bilder des sowjetischen Kriegsverbrecherprozesses zu sehen, der 1946 in Kiew stattfand. Nun widmet Loznitsa diesem „Kiev Trial“ einen eigenen Film. Schwarz-weißes Archivmaterial gibt Aufschluss über ein Verfahren, in dem zahlreiche Gräuel der deutschen Besatzer („Okkupanten“) in der Ukraine in den Jahren 1942/43 zur Sprache kommen. Die Beschuldigten äußern sich zu ihrer Schuld, in ihrem Sprechen ist oft immer noch der NS-Korpsgeist zu erkennen. Dolmetscher spielen eine wichtige Rolle. Vor allem aber gehört dieser Film den Zeugen: „torment and suffering was unimaginable“. (Bert Rebhandl)

The latest film in Sergei Loznitsa’s archival investigation of Soviet and European history is a follow-up to 2021’s Babi Yar. Context, which traced the sequence of events leading up to the notorious massacre of Jews by the German army in Ukraine in 1941. The film collates footage of the January 1946 hearings in which members of the German army were prosecuted for their role in atrocities in Ukraine both at the Babi Yar ravine itself and elsewhere in the country.
This time, there is no on-screen commentary, except that employed to identify the people on screen, while subtitles are used only to translate questions and answers in Russian: when there is spoken German, a non-German-speaking audience is left in the position of the Soviet courtroom audience, waiting to understand what is being said. The very different deliveries of the German defendants and the Russian legal officials represent two distinct, ideologically charged modes of discourse brought face to face – while the testimonies of Ukrainian and Russian witnesses, as well as some victims and survivors of the crimes prosecuted, speak another, more direct language, testifying to an immediate, barely narratable experience of historical truth. (Jonathan Romney)

Sergei Loznitsa: LANDSCAPE (2003), FABRIKA (2004), BLOKADA (2005), ARTEL (2006), PREDSTAVLENIE (2008), MY JOY (2010), O MILAGRE DE SANTO ANTONIO (2012), THE FOG (2012), LETTER (2013), MAIDAN (2014), PONTS DE SARAJEVO (2014), THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY (2015), SOBYTIE (2015), AUSTERLITZ (2016), A GENTLE CREATURE (2017), DONBASS (2018), VICTORY DAY (2018), STATE FUNERAL (2019), CELLES QUI CHANTENT (2020)

Credits
  • Sergei Loznitsa
  • Sergei Loznitsa
  • Vladimir Golovnitski
  • Sergei Loznitsa
  • Tomasz Wolski
  • Danielius Kokanauskis
Atoms & Void für The Babyn Yar Memorial Centre

Atoms & Void BV

DCP
Schwarzweiß
Sa. 29 Okt
16:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
OmeU
iCal
So. 30 Okt
13:00
Filmmuseum
OmeU
iCal
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