fbpx Austerlitz | Gene Siskel Film Center
Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!


2016, Sergei Loznitsa, Germany, 94 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 26th 3:15pm
  • Wed, Mar 29th 6:00pm

“Mysterious, challenging, disturbing.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“A haunting meditation.” — Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

Holocaust tourism: that odd coupling is at the heart of this provocative documentary. The method is seemingly simple, the effects multilayered and deeply ambivalent: AUSTERLITZ (the title refers to a 2001 novel by WG Sebold) turns the camera’s steady black-and-white gaze on the Dachau and Sachsenhausen concentration camps as tourists stream through on a beautiful summer day, munching on snacks, taking selfies, and sporting T-shirts with funny slogans. There is no narration, no talking heads, and virtually no dialogue, only carefully designed ambient sound punctuated by the occasional discourse of tour guides. The intent is not simple satire or self-righteous indignation; instead, Loznitsa (MY JOY, MAIDAN) fashions a carefully constructed mirror in which we puzzle out our position among the lookers we are looking at and the absent ones who killed and were killed here. In German, English, and Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Imperativ Film. DCP digital. (MR)

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