February 2, 2018: VICTORY DAY (OT: DEN‘ POBEDY) is a reportage depicting the festivities on the 9th of May 2017 at the monument to the Soviet soldier in Treptower Park, Berlin– a place where the past meets the future. The feature-length documentary of Sergei Loznitsa, will celebrate its world premiere at the section Forum of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Germany, 2018, 94 min.
Original language & subtitles: Various / English
an Imperativ Film production in co-production with Taura and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)
with the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Every year, on the 9th of May, people gather in Treptower Park in Berlin. They come dressed in their best outfits or in Soviet military uniform. They carry flags, banners and posters. They lay flowers at the monument to the Soviet soldier; they sing, dance and drink. They celebrate the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany. Since 1965, the 9th of May has been a public holiday in the Soviet Union – the Victory Day.
The film is a direct reportage from Treptower Park, 72 years after the victory.
Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa’s feature debut My Joy (2010) premiered in the competition at the Festival de Cannes, and was followed by his films In the Fog (2012), which was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize, and A Gentle Creature (2017) – both premiered also in the competition at the Festival de Cannes.
Sergei Loznitsa has directed 18 documentary films since 1996 and has received numerous international awards. His last documentary, Austerlitz, premiered in the official program of La Biennale di Venezia in 2016.