A Gentle Creature

  • Sergei Loznitsa
  • France, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands
  • 2017
  • 143'
  • Krotkaya

A woman lives alone in rural outskirts of a town in Russia. One day she receives a parcel she sent to her incarcerated husband, marked “return to sender”. Shocked and confused, she has no choice but to travel to the prison in a remote region of the country in search of an explanation. So begins the story of a battle against this impenetrable fortress, the prison where the forces of social evil are constantly at work. Braving violence and humiliation, in the face of all opposition, our protagonist embarks on a blind quest for justice. Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s short story, Sergei Loznitsa leads us into the land of crime without punishment – a journey into the abyss. The film premiered in competition at Cannes in 2017.

Subtitles: EN

Sergei Loznitsa

He graduated in applied mathematics and worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics before graduating filmmaking from VGIK. He has directed many films and received prizes in Karlovy Vary, Leipzig, Oberhausen, Toronto, etc. His feature debut My Joy (2010) premiered in Cannes and was followed by In the Fog, which received the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes in 2012.

A Gentle Creature

Sergei Loznitsa
Sergei Loznitsa
Vasilina Makovtseva, Marina Kleshcheva, Lia Akhedzhakova, Valeriu Andriuta, Boris Kamorzin, Sergei Kolesov
Oleg Mutu
Danielius Kokanauskis
Marianne Slot
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Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival 2017; New Zealand Int’l Film Festival 2017; Jerusalem Film Festival 2017; EFA Feature Film Selection 2017; IndieLisboa 2018; Göteborg Film Festival 2018; Sitges Film Festival 2018