Director - Sergei Loznitsa
Script - Sergei Loznitsa
Producers - Maria Choustova, Sergei Loznitsa
Production - Atoms & Void

Unique, mostly unseen before, archive footage from March 1953, presents the funeral of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin as the culmination of the dictator's personality cult. The news of Stalin's death on March 5, 1953, shocked the entire Soviet Union. The burial ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of mourners. We observe every stage of the funeral spectacle, described by Pravda newspaper as „the Great Farewell", and receive an unprecedented access to the dramatic and absurd experience of life and death under Stalin's reign. The film addresses the issue of Stalin's personality cult as a form of terror-induced delusion. It gives an insight into the nature of the regime and its legacy, still haunting the contemporary world.

„The effect is mesmerizing, thanks in part to unceasing motion onscreen: the people are moving in the endless march of faces, or else the camera is panning across the boundless tableau of faces.”
Masha Gessen, The New Yorker

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