Sachsenhausen, 2016. Tourists filter off buses, walk through the parking lot and between the gates of a former Nazi death camp. They observe what remains of the architecture. They pose for photographs— some smiling, some somber. They take selfies. In crisp black and white, the camera observes the behavior of a few among thousands of tourists who visit sites increasingly relinquished to the annals of history.
A bold, inquisitive but at times darkly humorous film, Austerlitz holds a mirror between the past and the present, memory and forgetting. Prolific Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa's eighth documentary premiered at Venice, Cartagena and Traverse City Film Festival, where it won Best Avant-Garde Film. Nominated for Indiewire Critics' Poll for Best Undistributed Film; it won 8th place.