"Follow me this way…" If you've followed the Cannes Film Festival in the last decade, you know the name Sergei Loznitsa - a Ukrainian filmmaker who has premiered numerous films at the festival in the past few years. His latest work is a documentary called Austerlitz, which examines the baffling yet common idea of visiting the grounds of former Nazi concentration camps. "One of the biggest mysteries of such places is the motive that induces thousands of people to spend their summer weekends in former concentration camps looking at ovens in a crematorium. To try to come to grips with this, I made this film," Loznitsa explains. This trailer is a very bleak introduction that instantly asks: why are these places so popular with tourists?
Here's the festival trailer for Sergei Loznitsa's doc Austerlitz, direct from TIFF's YouTube:
The new film from Sergei Loznitsa (Maidan, The Event, In the Fog) is a stark yet rich and complex portrait of tourists visiting the grounds of former Nazi extermination camps, and a sometimes sardonic study of the relationship (or the clash) between contemporary culture and the sanctity of the site. Austerlitz is directed by award-winning Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, of films including My Joy, In the Fog, Revue, Blockade, Bridges of Sarajevo, as well as the docs Maidan and The Event previously. The film is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival coming up this fall. It is still in search of distribution, so no other release details are available just yet. Stay tuned for more updates. Your thoughts?