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In August 1991 a failed coup d’état was staged in Moscow by a group of communist Party hardliners aiming to thwart the political and economic reforms of the Soviet Union which had been instigated by Mikhail Gorbachev. 

The Putsch attempt was opposed by the reformist wing of the Party and, more importantly, by thousands of liberal-minded citizens of Moscow and Leningrad whose overwhelming public support for reforms is universally hailed as the birth of “Russian democracy”. 

A quarter of a century later, Sergei Loznitsa revisits the documentary footage of public demonstrations found in Leningrad archives to cast his own vision of these world-changing political events. 



Event Information

Running Time: 1hr 14mins

BBFC Advice: 12A

Director(s): Sergei Loznitsa.

Country of Origin: Netherlands & Belgium

Year of release:

Language(s): In Russian with English subtitles

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This is part of the What's Left? A Century In Revolution season

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Filmmaker Q&A

This screening will be followed by Q&A with the director Sergei Loznitsa live via Skype, with Durham University’s Dusan Radunovic and Jeremy Hicks of Queen Mary University of London as discussants

Ticket prices

Full price: £6.75

Concession: £5.75

Friends of Tyneside Cinema: £5

Students & Young Tyneside: £4

Benefit: £1

Carers: Free


Pass for 5 films in season*

Full price: £25


Pass for 3 films in season*

Full price: £18


*Please note that passes do not include October: Ten Days That Shook The World and A-Level student seminar: Battleship Potemkin. Passes are subject to availability and can only be booked in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office or by calling 0191 227 5500. All films must be booked at the same time in order to qualify for this deal.

Programme information

Please note that films in this programme will play with no adverts or trailers and will start ten minutes after the advertised start time.

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