Donbass

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Certificate: 15
Length: 122 mins
Director: Sergey Loznitsa
Cast: Valeriu Andriuta, Natalya Buzko, Evgeny Chistyakov
Language: Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles

Sergei Loznitsa (Maidan, In the Fog), cinema’s most reliable chronicler of Ukraine’s fortunes, returns with this dark comic portmanteau, a Dickensian sampler of chapters in the Donbass region which has been stricken by Russian incursion since 2014.

Much more than simply the horror of war, we get propaganda, faked battles, absurd factionalism, state toadies, beauty queens and corrupt soldiers.

Comedy teetering on the edge of nightmare, Loznitsa refuses to reduce his vision to simple truths, his crosshairs trained on everyone in this society driven mad.

“A scathing portrait of a society where human interaction has descended to a level of barbarity more in keeping with late antiquity than the so-called contemporary civilized world.” – Variety

“Sergei Loznitsa – art cinema’s ultimate bad time merchant. Long may he reign.” ★★★★ – Little White Lies