REVUE is based on archive propaganda newsreels produced in the USSR in the 50s and 60s. The film shows the almost forgotten side of the Soviet times and the way of thinking at that period. It explores the life of people all across the vast expanse of the Soviet Motherland, though full of hardship, deprivation, and absurd rituals, but at the same time illuminated by the glorious shining of the communist illusion. Seen from these dual historical and contemporary perspectives, Revue is both a nostalgic and instructive look back at a communist past that represents social engineering on a grand, and frightening, scale.
Sergei Loznitsa was born 1964 in Belarus and grew up in the Ukraine. Graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow in 1997. He has been making documentary films since 1996 and has received numerous national and international awards. In 2010 Loznitsa’s feature debut MY JOY premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes followed by IN THE FOG in 2012 and MAIDAN in 2014. SEGODNYA MY POSTROIM DOM (Today We Are Going To Build A House, co-directed by Marat Magambetov, 1996, short doc), ZHIZN, OSEN (Life, Autumn, co-directed by Marat Magambetov, 1998, short doc), POLUSTANOK (The Train Stop, 2000, short doc), POSELENIJE (The Settlement, 2001, doc), PORTRET (Portrait, 2002, short doc), PEYZAZH (Landscape, 2003, doc), FABRIKA (Factory, 2004, short doc), BLOKADA (Blockade, 2005, doc), ARTEL (2006, short doc), SEVERNY SVET (Northern Light, 2008, doc), PREDSTAVLENYE (Revue, 2009, doc), SCHASTYE MOE (My Joy, 2010), V TUMANE (In The Fog, 2012; CE '13), O MILAGRE DE SANTO ANTÓNIO (The Miracle of Saint Anthony, 2012, short doc), PISMO (The Letter, 2012, short doc), REFLECTIONS. DIRECTOR'S CUT (2014, short doc), MAIDAN (2014, doc), THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY (2014, short doc)
Germany / Ukraine / Russia 2009
black and white
OV with English subtitles
Sound/Sounddesign Vladimir Golovnitzkiy
Producer(s) Heino Deckert (ma.ja.de. fiction) KoproduzentInnen / Co-Producers Viacheslav Telnov (St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio), Svietlana Zinovieva (Inspiration Films)
ma.ja.de. fiction Marienplatz 1 04103 Leipzig Germany T +49 341 983 96 96 F +49 341 215 66 39 firstname.lastname@example.org www.majade.de Koproduktion / Co-Production St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio (RU), MDR (DE), Inspiration Films (UI), YLE Teema (FI)