The Trial

Un proces stalinist

93 films in 19 categories
Sergei Loznitsa
127 Min.

Photo Film


Forms of justice




Romanian, English

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In his latest documentary, consisting entirely of archive footage, Sergei Loznitsa explores the concept of justice as a spectacle through one of the earliest Stalinist trials of the 1930's, brought against a group of economists charged with plotting a coup d'état to overthrow the Soviet government. The farcical quality of this historical event (re)presented by Loznitsa is obvious both to present-day viewers, who are aware that what they are witnessing is a work of fiction staged by Stalin and his prosecutors, to the theatre audiences at the time, but also to the accused, to the prosecutors and the judges taking part in the trial, actors who understood the role they had been forced into and who followed to the bitter end the script they had all willingly agreed on. (Raluca Durbacă)

* Adopted by: Expert Forum

awards and festivals

Venice Film Festival 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2018

DOK Leipzig 2018

Busan International Film Festival 2018

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2018


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