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KROTKAYA / A Gentle Creature / Die Sanfte

KROTKAYA / A Gentle Creature / Die Sanfte

All kinds of grim, A Gentle Creature from Belarus-born director Sergei Loznitsa peers deep into the Russian soul and nds an unfathomable blackness. Only tenuously related to the Dostoyevsky story of the same name and the 1969 lm adaptation of that source material by Robert Bresson, this harrowing tale revolves around a stoical unnamed woman (Vasilina Makovtseva) stuck in a nightmarish Siberian prison town. Although there are piercing echoes of absurdist fiction by Nikolai Gogol, Franz Kafka and others, as well as mythical journeys to the underworld, Loznitsa's approach is uniquely cinematic. (Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter)

Sergei Loznitsa
Born in Belarus and grown up in Ukraine, he studied at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and has received numerous national and international awards for his documentary films. His feature debut “My Joy” premiered in the main competition at the Cannes International Film Festival 2010. In 2015, Crossing Europe devoted its Tribute to Sergei Loznitsa.

Film Selection: Krotkaya (A Gentle Creature, 2017) — Sobytie  (The Event, 2015, doc; CE’16) — Maidan (2014; CE’15)
— V Tumane  (In the Fog, 2012; CE’13, CE’15) — Schastye moe  (My Joy, 2010; CE’15) — Blokada  (Blockade, 2005, doc; CE’15)

European Panorama Fiction 2018

Sergei Loznitsa

France / Germany / Lithuania / Netherlands 2017
DCP / color
143 minutes

Oleg Mutu
Danielius Kokanauskis
Vladimir Golovnitskiy
Vasilina Makovtseva, Marina Kleshcheva, Lia Akhedzhakova, Valeriu Andriutã, Boris Kamorzin, Sergei Kolesov
Gunnar Dedio, Uljana Kim, Peter Warnier, 
Marc van Warmerdam



Slot Machine, ARTE France Cinéma, GP Cinema Company, Looks Film, Studio Uljana Kim, Wild at Art, Graniet Film,
 Solar Media Entertainment
World Sales

Wild Bunch

Rechte Österreich / Austrian Rights

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Festival de Cannes 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere