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Mentoring Programme

Sergei Loznitsa, prominent film director and scriptwriter and one of the most singular European art film makers, led a guest workshop at FAMU from 20 to 27 November 2023.

Sergei Loznitsa’s Guest Workshop as part of the Mentoring Programme took place in two stages.

Part one from 20 November to 21 November 2023 was open to all FAMU students. A Gentle Creature and The Trial were screened at the FAMU Studio, including an introductory note and a subsequent discussion with the director,  two masterclasses moderated by Lizaveta Chakanava and Tomas Bojar and the screening of Babi Yar. Context.

Part two of the Sergei Loznita Guest Workshop from 22 November to 27 November 2023 was intended for the students of the Department of Documentary Film. Students had the opportunity to consult, to immerse oneself in the sharing of experience and creative approaches to conceptual documentary film as well as feature film, a field in which Sergei Loznitsa has a wealth of experience, from one-off, slow-paced, and patient observations of reality to compilation documentaries and magnificent historical epics.

Sergei Loznitsa (1964) is a patient and careful observer of reality, as he has shown, for example, in his early conceptual one-hour panoramic shot of the faces of people waiting at a bus stop in Landscape (2003). He employs a similar degree of patience and consistency when working with archive footage, such as when creating Mr. Landsbergis, an epic novel-like story and the winning film of IDFA 2021. His feature films are structured with the same authorial consistency, and have been successful at major film festivals, such as Donbass (2018) that won the Palme d’or at the Cannes IFF for the best directing.


The project AMU, Sergei Loznitsa’s Guest Workshop, the registration number of the project 0311000025 is implemented with the financial support from the European Union through the National Recovery Plan and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


Authors: Anna Černická, Louisa Havránková, Andrea Petrovičová