Netherlands / 2018 / Russian / 129 minutes / DCP
How do we document the truth of lies? With autocrats all around us today, it is more important than ever to understand their techniques of power through history. And who was more masterful on a global stage than Joseph Stalin and the show trials that solidified his rule at the cost of practicalities, ideologies and the ruined lives of many? Apart from the magnificent Donbass, Loznitsa (A Gentle Creature, 42nd) brilliantly weaves found archival footage into this timely choreography of falsehood, where performance becomes the problem and the revelation.