A Gentle Creature
- Sergei Loznitsa
- France, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands
- Friday, 16 November 2018
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.
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.