Famous Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa has released the trailer for his latest documentary, The Natural History of Destruction, which will be presented in Cannes as a world premiere on 23 May. For Loznitsa this is the second consecutive year at the Cannes Film Festival after last year he was awarded the Golden Eye for Babi Yar. Context, but what changes this year is the context, which makes its presence even more significant in many ways. You can see the trailer in the video at the top of this page.
What’s the movie about
The Natural History of Destruction it is inspired by the homonymous book by the German author WG Sebald and created through the use of unpublished archival footage with the aim of analyzing the strategic bombing campaign of the allied forces in Germany during the Second World War. Bombings that folded Germany, resulting decisive for Hitler’s defeat, but which cost the lives of millions of German civilians.
THE MORAL DILEMMA OF LOZNITSA
Once again, Loznitsa demonstrates his autonomy of thought and his courage by asking the question of how morally acceptable it is to use the civilian population as a means of war, an issue that has become central with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “How is it possible that even today such inhuman methods of mass destruction and mass extermination are used against our fellow men? – Loznitsa wonders – and what kind of mechanism should we activate to stop this mass destruction once and for all? ”.
THE PRODUCERS OF THE FILM
Loznitsa had to struggle three years to be able to see the project of this documentary funded, now produced by LOOKSfilm (Geramania), Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania), ATMOS & VOID (Netherlands), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg and Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE DISSIDING RUSSIAN CINEASTS
Loznitsa resigned from the European Film Academy immediately after the invasion of Ukraine, in controversy over a “shameful” “neutral, blunt and conformist” reaction to Russian aggression. Nonetheless, some time later he was excluded from his country’s film academy because of his refusal to boycott all Russian filmmakers. Recently, Loznitsa has also renewed his solidarity with his Russian dissident colleagues. “For me, any attempt to boycott any culture is an act of barbarism in itself – he said – If we talk about culture, our task is to defend and protect it. Each step towards the cancellation of any culture is a step on the road to barbarism ”.