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Donbass is a 2018 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Sergei Loznitsa. It was selected as the opening film in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5] At Cannes, Loznitsa won the Un Certain Regard award for Best Director, as well as the Silver Pyramid at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival. It was selected as the Ukrainian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[6] It was filmed in Kryvy Rih, 300 km west of Donetsk[7]

Film poster
Directed bySergei Loznitsa
Produced byHeino Deckert
Written bySergei Loznitsa
CinematographyOleg Mutu
Edited byDanielius Kokanauskis
Release date
  • 9 May 2018 (2018-05-09) (Cannes)
  • 20 September 2018 (2018-09-20) (Ukraine)
Budget€ 2.5 million[1]
Box office$78,133[2][3]



The film's thirteen segments explore the mid-2010s conflict between Bandera-supported Ukraine and the Russian-supported Donetsk People's Republic.[8]


Loznitsa won the Un Certain Regard award for Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[9] He also won the Silver Pyramid, also known as the Special Jury Prize for Best Director, at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival, tied with Thai director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng for Manta Ray.[10]

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  1. ^ Blaga, Iulia. "PRODUCTION: Romanian Minority Coproduction Donbass by Sergei Loznitsa in Postproduction -". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Donbass". The Numbers. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Donbass". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  4. ^ "The 2018 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (29 August 2018). "Oscars: Ukraine Selects 'Donbass' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Donbass, le regard de Sergei Loznitsa - Festival de Cannes". (in French). Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  8. ^ Weissberg, Jay (9 May 2018). "Film Review: 'Donbass'". Variety. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  9. ^ Lodge, Guy (18 May 2018). "Cannes: 'Border' Leads Un Certain Regard Award Winners". Variety. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  10. ^ Boas, Matthew (3 December 2018). "Álvaro Brechner wins the Golden Pyramid at Cairo with A Twelve-Year Night". Cineuropa. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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