Sergei Loznitsa has restored archive film footage from the 1930 Industrial Party Trial, editing the 11-day charade into two hours.
In 2018, Sergei Loznitsa released a total of three films, with the fiction, Donbass, being awarded the Prix de la mise-en-scène (Best Director) of Cannes’s Un Certain Regard Selection. Process continues with the themes of propaganda and disinformation by delving into history; Loznitsa has painstakingly restored film footage found at the Russian State Film and Photo Archive of the 1930 Industrial Party Trial, editing the 11-day hearings into a two-hour barrage of courtroom statements.
Process is a baffling and at times mind-numbing view. One top scientist or economist after another takes the stand and admits to having planned a counter-revolution in the Soviet Union with foreign collaborators. A crowd of hundreds has been herded in the courtroom to follow the proceedings under the harsh glare of spotlights. The process and result of the trial is known by the orchestrators; the defendants might only know that those who refused to take part in this charade met a more hopeless fate. The title’s connection to Franz Kafka’s novel is no coincidence.
- Director: Sergei Loznitsa
- Country: Alankomaat
- Year: 2018
- Length: 127 min
- Age limit: K12
- Format: DCP
- Editing: Danielius Kokanauskis, Sergei Loznitsa
- Production: Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova-Baker / Atoms & Void
- Maxim 2: Thu 31.1. at 16.00
- Maxim 2: Sat 2.2. at 14.00
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