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TIFF ’14: Ukraine doc “Maidan” heads to Toronto

Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan (pictured), an experimental documentary capturing the Ukrainian revolution, will follow up its Cannes world premiere with a berth at next month's Toronto International Film Festival.
August 12, 2014

Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan (pictured), an experimental documentary capturing the Ukrainian revolution, will follow up its Cannes world premiere with a berth at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The 133-minute film will have its North American premiere at TIFF in the festival’s Wavelengths section, which houses experimental and challenging works.

The film captures the protests that took place in Kiev’s Maïdan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) from December 2013 to February 2014, using mostly long, static takes, without narration or context.

The news comes after realscreen yesterday revealed that Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s doc The 50 Year Argument is set to play at this year’s TIFF.

Maidan’s Cannes world premiere met with mostly positive reviews; The Hollywood Reporter called it a “stunning, epic-scaled film” that “harkens back to the heroic, journalistic roots of documentary-making and yet feels ineffably modern and formally daring,” while rival publication Variety described it as “one of the few documentaries about a recent revolution that won’t feel dated in five years.”

Loznitsa’s previous films include narrative dramas My Joy and In the Fog, and documentary The Settlement. TIFF runs from September 4-14.

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