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Donbass (2018)

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In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation begin to surface in this post-truth era.


Sergey Loznitsa


Sergey Loznitsa
9 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamara Yatsenko ... Plump-faced Woman
Irina Zayarmiuk Irina Zayarmiuk ... Creature
Grigory Masliuk Grigory Masliuk ... Town Mayor
Olesya Zhurakivska Olesya Zhurakivska ... Girl with bucket (as Olesya Zhurakovskaya)
Lyudmila Smorodina ... Woman in blue
Boris Kamorzin ... Mikhalych
Mikhail Voloshin Mikhail Voloshin ... Man in cap
Evgeny Chepurnyak Evgeny Chepurnyak ... Head physician
Igor Kirilchatenko Igor Kirilchatenko ... First Ukrainian Soldier
Vladislav Simanko Vladislav Simanko ... First guy on the bus
Alexei Beldei Alexei Beldei ... Second guy on the bus
Yaroslav Bezkorovayny Yaroslav Bezkorovayny ... Soldier in Bandana
Elena Khizhnaya Elena Khizhnaya ... Bandersha
Arsen Bosenko Arsen Bosenko ... First separatist
Thorsten Merten ... German journalist


In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation begin to surface in this post-truth era.

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Official submission of Ukraine for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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it is no laughing matter
31 October 2020 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

I was stunned for most of this. I knew about a plane being shot down and Crimea being taken by the Russians and that there was some sort of ongoing conflict but I was not prepared for this. Described somewhere as a black comedy but I didn't find myself even smiling. There may be a ridiculous element to the Kafkaesque madness depicted here but it is no laughing matter. I note that the director is mainly known for documentaries and this certainly plays like one as we are thrust amidst the craziness as good is described as bad, theft as a donation and killing and maiming for fun as loyalty and an expression of love for the motherland, or fatherland or whatever horrible nastiness underlies these crimes. I think I maybe gained a little more awareness of what might be going on as Russians and Ukrainians and Ukrainians who speak Russian and perhaps prefer Russia to Ukraine prefer to play war games than live their life. This may not have particularly clarified everything for me but I was immensely impressed by the way the film had been made and constructed and how a busy, even chaotic scene one minute could lead to a prolonged and static shot the next, leaving to ponder just what was happening and for goodness sake why!

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30 August 2018 (Germany) See more »

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