State funeral

the Netherlands, Lithuania, 2019, 135 min.

Director

Sergei Loznitsa

Producer

Sergei Loznitsa,
Maria Choustova

Scenario

Sergei Loznitsa

Rights Holder

ATOMS & VOID BV

Production

ATOMS & VOID, Studio Uljana Kim

Unique, mostly unseen before, archive footage from March 1953, presents the funeral of Joseph Stalin as the culmination of the dictator’s personality cult. The news of Stalin’s death shocked the entire Soviet Union. The burial ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of mourners. We observe every stage of the funeral spectacle and receive an unprecedented access to the dramatic and absurd experience of life and death under Stalin’s reign. The film addresses the issue of Stalin’s personality cult as a form of terror-induced delusion. It gives an insight into the nature of the regime and its legacy, still haunting the contemporary world.

HONORS
2019 Venice IFF (Italy) – World Premiere, Out of Competition
Toronto IFF (Canada) – North American Premiere
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), THE TRIAL (2018) and others).

Selected filmography

2010 MY JOY

2012 IN THE FOG

2014 MAIDAN

2016 AUSTERLITZ

2018 THE TRIAL