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The Natural History of Destruction

  Sergei Loznitsa

  Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands     112 minutes

Synopsis

In a quaint peaceful European town, horse-drawn carriages clip-clop along the cobblestone streets, while children enjoy snacks by a Gothic fountain, and an old man plays a folk song on a clarinet. Only later does it become clear that the picturesque scene is one from Nazi Germany—and soon bombs begin raining down, their explosions a flurry of flashes against the night sky. Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s treatise and created entirely from archival footage, The Natural History of Destruction mounts a harrowing critique of the killing of civilian populations during war-time—as seen in the devastation unleashed across both England and Germany during WWII. Ukrainian-raised Cannes-winning filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (Maidan, Donbass) returns to the Festival after last year’s winner Babi Yar. Context with another brilliantly edited, immaculately restored, and exquisitely sound-designed clarion call, as tragically urgent today as the missiles continue to fall.

 English, German with subtitles 

Content Warning

This film contains scenes of violence.

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Screenings & Events

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 2:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Media

Film Credits

  •   Regina Bouchehri, Gunnar Dedio, Uljana Kim, Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova
  •   Danielius Kokanauskis
  •   Christiaan Verbeek
  •   LOOKSfilm, Studio Uljana Kim, ATOMS & VOID