The Encounter of Two Masters: Sergei Loznitsa vs. Bill Morrison following the screenings of the films

Sunday, May 15 | 3:00 p.m. | Kinoteka 7

following the screenings of THE VILLAGE DETECTIVE: A SONG CYCLE, dir. Bill Morrison, SUNKEN FILMS, dir. Bill Morrison, BACK TO THE SOIL, dir. Bill Morrison

The Encounter of Two Masters: Sergei Loznitsa vs. Bill Morrison

Two directors who have mastered the use of archival footage will share the secrets of their work, their approach to history presented in their films through images from the past, and their significance for our understanding of the present.

Bill Morrison, whose retrospective is being presented at the festival, is almost entirely focused on the work with recycled footage, emphasising the material aspect of cinema's history related to the recording of images on decaying film stock.

In his extensive filmography, Sergei Loznitsa has frequently returned to the technique of constructing images from archival material – for example, in the films “The Event”  (2015), “The Trial” (2918), “State Funeral” (2019), as well as in his latest work “Babi Yar. Context”, which has its Polish premiere at the festival.

After the conversation, the filmmakers will answer questions from the Warsaw audience.


Sergei Loznitsa – one of the greatest contemporary documentary filmmakers from Eastern Europe. He has received many prestigious awards and his films have been shown at major international festivals including Cannes, Venice and Toronto.

Bill Morrison – a director who consistently creates films based on archival footage. His works are part of the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, EYE Film Institute and MoMA and have been shown around the world, including the Sundance FF and the Tate Modern.


Artur Liebhart – founder and director of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival. Decorated with the Golden Cross of Merit for “outstanding contribution to Polish culture and achievements in artistic and creative work”. Recipient of the Special Award – Remote Culture granted by the “Polityka” weekly at the annual “Polityka’s” Passport Gala.