SALT Cinema
Sobytie [The Event]

Salt Ankara

November 20, 2019 19.00

Sobytie 2015 "Sobytie" [Olay] (2015) filminden bir kare ©Atoms & Void
Still from "Sobytie" [The Event] (2015) ©Atoms & Void
Nazım Hikmet Culture and Art Center (Oran, Ankara)

Sobytie [The Event], 2015
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
74 minutes
Russian, English; Turkish and English subtitles

Although the Soviet coup d’état attempt in August 1991 collapsed in three days, it is widely considered to have contributed to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. As president Mikhail Gorbachev was detained by the coup leaders, state-run TV and radio channels—usurped by the putschists—broadcast Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake instead of news bulletins, and crowds of protestors gathered around Moscow’s White House. In the city of Leningrad thousands of confused, scared, excited, and desperate people poured onto the streets to become a part of the event, which was supposed to change their destiny.

A quarter of a century later, Ukranian director Sergei Loznitsa revisits the dramatic moments of those days in his 2015 Sobytie [The Event]. A captivating documentary film entirely made from found archival footage, it questions the event, which was hailed worldwide as the birth of “Russian democracy,” in a contemporary context: What really happened back then? What was the driving force behind the crowds on the Palace Square in Leningrad? What exactly are we witnessing: the end of the regime or its creative rebranding? Who are these people looking at the camera: victors or victims?

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