A Gentle Creature

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)

Director's Biography
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 / Netherlands / Lithuania 2017
143 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Sergei Loznitsa
Cinematography Oleg Mutu
Editing Danielius Kokanauskis
Sound/Sounddesign Vladimir Golovnitskiy
With Vasilina Makovtseva, Marina Kleshcheva, Lia Akhedzhakova, Valeriu Andriutã, Boris Kamorzin, Sergei Kolesov
Producer(s) 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
Austrian Premiere
Rechte Österreich / Austrian Rights

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Festival de Cannes 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere