On March 5, 1953, shocking news of the death of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin rippled throughout the USSR and the rest of the world. The unimaginable had happened: the almighty Comrade, the “leader and teacher” of the world proletariat, “friend of all children”, and “great helmsman” was gone. Revisiting abundant footage of the four-day-long “Great Farewell”, Sergei Loznitsa composes a studied film essay on the closing act of a tyrant’s spectacular cult of personality, the gradual eruption of media-instigated mass hysteria, and the barely perceptible herald of a new era and the eventual end of the Soviet regime. Riveting and incisive, State Funeral reveals what lies concealed within captures of the Real, inviting an urgent interrogation of regimes of terror and the spectacle of power.
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Producers: Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova
Screenwriter: Sergei Loznitsa
Editor: Danielus Kokanauskis
Sound: Vladimir Golovnitski
Production Company: Atoms & Void
International Sales: Atoms & Void