Presented by German Film Office / Goethe-Institut New York
Virtual screening of Sergei Loznitsa's film Austerlitz (2016), part of film series STP-on-Demand.
The screening link to the film will be sent out on Friday, May 28, at 8:00am EDT. The film will be available to view until Monday, May 31, at 8:00am EDT.
This film will be available in the USA, Mexico, and Canada.
Shaping the Past: Films that examine how we interpret the past on screen
This virtual screening is part of the Goethe-Institut North America's (Institutes and Pop Ups) film series STP-on-Demand, which explores ways in which we cinematically shape, interrogate, and rethink relationships between history and memory.
Shaping the Past / Gestaltung der Vergangenheit is a project of the Goethe-Instituts and Pop Ups in North America (Canada, USA, and Mexico) that connects with and builds on the work of emerging leaders of local, national, and transnational movements to remember through reflection and with urgency. It is a partnership between the Goethe-Institut, the Monument Lab, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb).
Germany, 2016, 94 min.
Directors: Sergei Loznitsa
Languages: German, English
There are places in Europe that have remained as painful memories of the past - factories where humans were turned into ash. These places are now memorial sites that are open to the public and receive thousands of tourists every year. The film’s title refers to the eponymous novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of Holocaust. This film is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp. Why do they go there? What are they looking for?
About the Filmmaker
Sergei Loznitsa – was born on 5th September, 1964 in the city of Baranovitchi, in Belarus. At that time Belarus was part of the Soviet Union. Later his family moved to Kiev, Ukraine, where Loznitsa finished high school.
In 1981, he was admitted to Kiev Polytechnic Institute, with a major in applied mathematics and control systems. In 1987, he graduated with a degree in engineering and mathematics. From 1987 through 1991, Sergei Loznitsa was employed as a scientist at the Institute of Cybernetics. In 1991, he applied to the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. In 1997, he graduated with honors with a major in movie production and direction.
From 2000, Loznitsa had been producing works in the Studio of Documentary Films in St. Petersburg. In 2000, he was awarded the “Nipkov Program” grant in Berlin. In 2001, Loznitsa immigrated with his family to Germany.
Sergei Loznitsa has directed 22 internationally acclaimed documentary and 4 feature films. Austerlitz celebrated its world premiere in Venice in 2016. A feature-length documentary, Austerlitz observes visitors to memorial sites on the territory of former concentration camps in Germany.