Gentle Creature, A: Loznitza’s Film (Cannes, Certain Regard)

A Gentle Creature is directed by Sergei Loznitza, who had previously made Austerlitz, Maidan, In the Fog, My Joy.

The Premise: A woman, who lives alone on the outskirts of a village in Russia, one day  receives a parcel she had sent to her incarcerated husband, marked ‘return to sender’.

Shocked and confused, the woman has no choice but to travel to the prison in a remote region of the country in search of an explanation.

The film tells 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, the protagonist embarks on a blind quest for justice.


France, Germany, Lithuania, Holland

Running time: 143 minutes

Russian Cast: Vasilina Makovtseva

Producer: Marianne Slot (Slot Machine)