In August 1991 a failed coup d’état attempt (known as Putsch) led by a group of communists in Moscow, ended the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. The USSR collapsed soon after. In the city of Leningrad thousands of people poured into the streets to become a part of the event that was supposed to change their destiny. Now Sergei Loznitsa revisits the dramatic moments of August 1991 and casts an eye on the event which was hailed worldwide as the birth of “Russian democracy”.
Selected for Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.