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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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