Sergei Loznitsa is a Ukrainian filmmaker, born on September 5th, 1964. He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he studied feature filmmaking. Sergei Loznitsa has been making documentary films since 1996, and he has directed 16 documentaries including Maiden (2014), The Event (2015) and Austerlitz (2016). He has received numerous international awards, including festival prizes in Karlovy Vary, Leipzig, Oberhausen, Krakow, Paris, Madrid, Toronto, Jerusalem, St Petersburg, as well as the Russian National Film Awards. Sergei Loznitsa’s montage film Blockade (2005) is based on the archive footage of besieged Leningrad. Loznitsa’s feature debut My Joy (2010) premiered in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and was followed by In the Fog (2012), which premiered in the competition of the 65th Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded the FIPRESCI prize.
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