Film by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa Babiy Yar. The context of the events of the Holocaust in Ukraine received the Golden Eye award at the Cannes Film Festival.
This was announced by the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center on Saturday, July 17.
Since 2015, the Golden Eye has been awarded for the best documentary film that participates in one of the sections of the film festival.
Sergei Loznitsa thanked the jury for the high assessment of his tape, the team and the Holocaust Memorial Center Babi Yar for the opportunity to film it.
“I hope this award will help the film reach a wider audience around the world. But, of course, I hope that this film will be shown in Ukraine and become the subject of a meaningful conversation. Such a conversation is especially important for the country where these tragic events took place 80 years ago, ”the director emphasized.
Film Babi Yar. The context consists of 24 episodes edited from archival material. The project tells about the massacres of Jews in Nazi-occupied Kiev in September 1941 and the consequences of this tragedy. Each episode is a complete plot, directly or indirectly related to the tragedy of Babi Yar.
The film uses materials from the Krasnogorsk archive (RDAKF), the Bundesarchive and German regional archives, the Pshenichny archive, as well as from private collections.
“Some of the materials were very well preserved and some were in poor condition. The restoration of the images took several months. We managed to find documents that were not even familiar to historians, ”Loznitsa said.
The director plans to edit these episodes into a full-length documentary intended for film distribution.
Serhiy Loznitsa is a Ukrainian film director of Belarusian origin, winner of prizes at Cannes and other film festivals around the world. Babi Yar.
Context – the seventh film by Loznitsa, included in the official program of the Cannes Film Festival.
Loznitsa’s direct speech: “I really hope that this film will be shown in Ukraine and will inspire a meaningful discussion. This is especially important for the country where these tragic events took place 80 years ago.”
Reference: “Golden Eye” is a prestigious award given to the best documentary film presented at the film festival. This prize has existed since 2015, initiated by the Civil Society of Multimedia Authors, led by Julie Bertucelli, and supported by the Cannes Film Festival.