Saturday May 6, 1:10 PM
Germany, 2016 (94 min.)
Ukraine-raised filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa follows his reflection on mass civic resistance (Maidan, The Event) with an exploration of our paradoxical relationship to the memory of evil. There are places in Europe that have remained as painful memories of the past - factories where humans were turned into ash. These are now memorial sites open to the public. Austerlitz refers to the novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of Holocaust. This film is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp. What are they looking for?
Sergei Loznitsa’s two previous films, Maidan (2015) and The Event (2016), were shown at ASN.
“The immediate message we recieve is that the logic of tourism blinds us to history and blocks our empathy” –Screen Daily
“[A] mesmerising documentary [and] vital entry in the growing chapter of cinema evaluating the Holocaust’s present-day legacy” –Variety
Valeria Losniza, Imperativ Films
In German, English and Spanish with English