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Donbass Rated 15


Dir. Sergey Loznitsa. Ukraine, 2018. 2h 2m. Russian/Ukrainian/subs. Starring Valeriu Andriuta, Natalya Buzko, Evgeny Chistyakov, Georgiy Deliev, Vadim Dubovsky, Konstantin Itunin.

In the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine, hybrid war is taking place, involving armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. War leads to an absurd moral decline in Sergei Losnitza's award-winning pitch-dark comedy of oppression in the era of fake-news.

‘Filled with the violence and Orwellian unreality ruling eastern Ukraine, Sergei Loznitsa’s feverish procession of scenes is handled with steely control’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘The strength of Donbass is that it is unremittingly bleak, but brings a sense of levity via its dazzling whirlwind of cinematic invention’ ★★★★ David Jenkins, Little White Lies