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Synopsis

In early 1930s the Soviet Union brings to court a group of leading economy experts and engineers, accusing them of attempting a coup d’état. Even though the charges are fabricated, the accused will face death in case of conviction. The process, which at the time was meant to serve as an image of justice and a consolidation of Stalin’s power, has become a symbol of the abuse of power under an authoritarian regime. The title’s match to Franz Kafka’s novel of the same name is hardly a coincidence as the process in the film is similar in its absurdities and tension to the world created by Kafka. Sergei Loznitsa’s skilful use of archival material makes history become alive, while also showing that a degree of dramatisation of the trial is there originally in order to appeal to larger audiences.

Director
Sergei Loznitsa

(b 1964)

Filmography
  • Schastye moe (Minu õnn, PÖFF 2010)
  • V tumane (Udus, PÖFF 2012)
  • Maidan (doc, PÖFF 2014)
  • Sobytie (doc, Sündmus, PÖFF 2015)
  • Austerlitz (doc, PÖFF 2016)
  • Krotkaya (Vagurake, PÖFF 2017)
  • The Trial (doc, Protsess, PÖFF 2018)
  • Donbass (PÖFF 2018)
Sat, 17.11.2018
4:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 5
021306
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 021306
Fri, 23.11.2018
9:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
081506
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 081506
Tue, 27.11.2018
5:00 pm
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
121706
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 121706
Film info
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2018
Duration: 127 minutes
Language: Russian
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Producers: Maria Choustova, Sergei Loznitsa, Peter Warnier
Writer: Sergei Loznitsa
Montage: Sergei Loznitsa, Danielius Kokanauskis
Productions: ATOMS & VOID, Wild at Art
Festivals: Venice, Toronto, Busan
Synopsis

In early 1930s the Soviet Union brings to court a group of leading economy experts and engineers, accusing them of attempting a coup d’état. Even though the charges are fabricated, the accused will face death in case of conviction. The process, which at the time was meant to serve as an image of justice and a consolidation of Stalin’s power, has become a symbol of the abuse of power under an authoritarian regime. The title’s match to Franz Kafka’s novel of the same name is hardly a coincidence as the process in the film is similar in its absurdities and tension to the world created by Kafka. Sergei Loznitsa’s skilful use of archival material makes history become alive, while also showing that a degree of dramatisation of the trial is there originally in order to appeal to larger audiences.

Director
Sergei Loznitsa

(b 1964)

Filmography
  • Schastye moe (Minu õnn, PÖFF 2010)
  • V tumane (Udus, PÖFF 2012)
  • Maidan (doc, PÖFF 2014)
  • Sobytie (doc, Sündmus, PÖFF 2015)
  • Austerlitz (doc, PÖFF 2016)
  • Krotkaya (Vagurake, PÖFF 2017)
  • The Trial (doc, Protsess, PÖFF 2018)
  • Donbass (PÖFF 2018)