Age: 12 +
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa, drama, 127 min, eng subtitles
Maïdan chronicles a civil uprising against the regime of president Yanukovych which took place in Kiev (Ukraine) in the winter of 2013/14. The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies, half a million strong, in the Maidan square, to the bloody street battles between the protestors and riot police. Maïdan is a portrait of an awakening nation, rediscovering its identity. Director Sergei Loznitsa rises above current political issues and looks at the nature of the popular uprising as a social, cultural and philosophical phenomenon. A powerful mix of enthusiasm, heroic struggle, terror, courage, aspiration, people’s solidarity, folk culture, passion and self-sacrifice, Maïdan is a stunning cinematic canvas combining classical film making style and documentary urgency.
Award: Grand Prize in 2014
It allows viewers to draw their own conclusions about the ideas and agendas espoused by the movement’s leaders and participants. – Oleg Ivanov, Slant Magazine