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Sergei Loznitsa's Top Ten 

July 27 to July 30

What makes the Belarus-born Sergei Loznitsa’s cinema so unsettling is that he dares as few do to look reality dead in the eye, working in a laconic, observational mode that hearkens back to early cinema, while fixing an unblinking gaze on distinctly 21st century phenomena. Metrograph and the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) are joined by Loznitsa in presenting his top ten nonfiction films, along with a selection of the filmmaker’s own work.

“In 2016, I was asked by IDFA film festival in Amsterdam to compile a program of ‘top 10’ films. I thought that this would be a brilliant opportunity to include in the selection some films that are virtually unknown outside of the former USSR and even films that have never been screened abroad, and which are very dear to me. My idea was to show the works of the directors whose style and manner are close to mine, and also some films which have – at different moments of my life and in different ways – left a strong impression on me. Here is what I came up with.” –Sergei Loznitsa

Co-presented by International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA)