The trial

The Netherlands, 2018, 128 min.

Producer

Sergei Loznitsa

Rights

ATOMS & VOID

Production

ATOMS & VOID BV

Moscow, USSR. 1930. The Pillar Hall of the State House of the Unions. A group of top rank economists and engineers is put on trial accused of plotting a coup d’etat against the Soviet government. Unique archive footage reconstructs one of the first show trials, masterminded by Stalin, which unfolds as a theatrical performance with actors - prosecutors, witnesses, defendants, judges – lying to themselves, to the audience and to the world. The film gives an unprecedented insight into the origins of a deadly regime, which made the slogan «Lie is Truth» its everyday reality.

HONORS
2018 Toronto IFF (Canada) – North American Premiere
Venice IFF (Italy) – Out of Competition
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Sergei Loznitsa

Award-winning Ukrainian filmmaker. Born in Belarus in 1964. In 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic. In 1987–1991 worked at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics specializing in artificial intelligence research. In 1997 graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he studied feature filmmaking. In 2013 founded a film production company ATOMS & VOID. Works both in documentary and feature genres (MY JOY (2010), IN THE FOG (2012), MAIDAN (2014), AUSTERLITZ (2016) and others).

Selected filmography

2017 A Gentle Creature

2016 Austerlitz

2014 Maidan

2012 In the Fog

2010 My Joy

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