The Natural History of Destruction

The Natural History of Destruction

25th TiDF: Greek Premiere

Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s book and based on WWII archive footage, the film puts forward the question: is it morally acceptable to use the civilian population as a means of war? Is it possible to justify mass destruction for the sake of higher 'moral' ideals? The question remains as relevant today, as it was 80 years ago, and its urgency is tragically manifested in current events.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Sergei Loznitsa
Script: Sergei Loznitsa
Editing: Danielius Kokanauskis
Sound: Vladimir Golovnitski
Music: Christiaan Verbeek
Production: LOOKSfilm, Studio Uljana Kim, ATOMS & VOID, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandeburg, Mitteldeutscher Rudfunk
Producers: Regina Bouchehri, Gunnar Dedio, Uljana Kim, Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova
Format: DCP
Color: B/W
Production Country: Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 110'
Contact: ATOMS & VOID
Awards/Distinctions: Silver Hugo for Best Documentary Feature – Chicago IFF 2022

Archival Producer: Manuel Heller

Sergei Loznitsa


2000 The Train Stop (short)
2003 Landscape
2005 Blockade
2008 Northern Light
2012 The Letter (short)
2016 Austerlitz
2018 The Trial
2022 The Kiev Trial
2022 The Natural History of Destruction