Celebrated Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa creates one of the essential cinematic experiences of our time with this epic, formally audacious documentary chronicle of the historic protests in Kiev’s Maïdan Square.
Maidan Square, its occupation by pro-West demonstrators and the subsequent violent crackdowns by Ukrainian government forces shook the world in late 2013 and early 2014.In highly composed, mostly locked-down shots, the dramatic situation unfolds in epic widescreen format. Each new image arrives with layers of contradiction and hyper-real clarity and the viewer is given time to process the heart-stopping tension and building tragedy.
This is monumental filmmaking – part document, part cinematic Guernica that takes a historical moment and shows the great ambiguities of political upheaval and the fundamental tensions between idealism and reality at the heart of all movements.
Robert Greene. Sight and Sound Best of 2014.