Films

Gentle Creature

Gentle Creature, "Krotkaya"

Synopsis

Director

Acclaimed Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa has been one of the most prominent cinematic voices of Eastern European cinema of the recent years. With an extensive list of films, mainly documentaries, Loznitsa introduces his third fiction feature film, „A Gentle Creature“, and he returns to PÖFF one year after his highly praised documentary „Austerlitz“ (2016).
Loosely based on the short story of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, „A ­Gentle Creature“ follows a woman (Vasilina Makovtseva), whose husband is, supposedly, wrongfully accused for murder and now he’s paying his time behind bars. One day the woman, who lives in the outskirts of a Russian village, receives a package, that she sent to her husband, marked „Return to Sender“.
This event will force her to seek for answers starting by visiting the prison where her husband is being kept. The trip to that remote location will ignite an unparalleled adventure that will also lead her to deal with a series of uncommon and bizarre events that will start as awkward to escalate to a purely bureaucratic inferno intensified by imposing psychological violence. Her quest for justice will be „compensated“ by an incredible Kafkaesque absurdity that balances between reality and verging fantasy.
Vassilis Economou

Sergei Loznitsa

(b. 1964) earned a degree in engineering and mathematics at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, and later studied at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VGIK). He directed several short and feature-length documentaries before making his first fiction feature „My Joy“, which won the Grand Prix at PÖFF in 2010. His second feature „In the Fog“ (2012) won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes and was screened also at PÖFF. In 2014 was Loznitsa PÖFF’s special guest with his documentary „Maidan“ (2014)

Filmography

  • Schastye moe (Minu õnn, PÖFF 2010)
  • V tumane (Udus, PÖFF 2012)
  • Maidan (PÖFF, 2014, doc)
  • Sobytie (Sündmus, PÖFF 2015, doc)
  • Austerlitz (PÖFF 2016, doc)
  • Krotkaya (Gentle Creature, 2017)

Schedule

23.11.2017
18:30 - 20:53
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 070802
Sold out
26.11.2017
20:15 - 22:38
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 100102
Sold out
02.12.2017
20:45 - 23:08
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 161302
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: France, Germany, Netherlands, Lithuania
Year: 2017
Duration: 143 minutes
Language: Russian
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Producer: Marianne Slot
Writer: Sergei Loznitsa
DOP: Oleg Mutu
Montage: Danielius Kokanauskis
Cast: Vasilina Makovtseva, Liya Akhedzhakova, Valeriu Andriutã, Sergey Kolesov, Boris Kamorzin
Productions: Slot Machine, Arte France, GP Cinema Company, Looks Films
Festivals: Cannes, Munich, Melbourne, New York, Busan, Warsaw

Synopsis

Director

Acclaimed Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa has been one of the most prominent cinematic voices of Eastern European cinema of the recent years. With an extensive list of films, mainly documentaries, Loznitsa introduces his third fiction feature film, „A Gentle Creature“, and he returns to PÖFF one year after his highly praised documentary „Austerlitz“ (2016).
Loosely based on the short story of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, „A ­Gentle Creature“ follows a woman (Vasilina Makovtseva), whose husband is, supposedly, wrongfully accused for murder and now he’s paying his time behind bars. One day the woman, who lives in the outskirts of a Russian village, receives a package, that she sent to her husband, marked „Return to Sender“.
This event will force her to seek for answers starting by visiting the prison where her husband is being kept. The trip to that remote location will ignite an unparalleled adventure that will also lead her to deal with a series of uncommon and bizarre events that will start as awkward to escalate to a purely bureaucratic inferno intensified by imposing psychological violence. Her quest for justice will be „compensated“ by an incredible Kafkaesque absurdity that balances between reality and verging fantasy.
Vassilis Economou

Sergei Loznitsa

(b. 1964) earned a degree in engineering and mathematics at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, and later studied at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VGIK). He directed several short and feature-length documentaries before making his first fiction feature „My Joy“, which won the Grand Prix at PÖFF in 2010. His second feature „In the Fog“ (2012) won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes and was screened also at PÖFF. In 2014 was Loznitsa PÖFF’s special guest with his documentary „Maidan“ (2014)

Filmography

  • Schastye moe (Minu õnn, PÖFF 2010)
  • V tumane (Udus, PÖFF 2012)
  • Maidan (PÖFF, 2014, doc)
  • Sobytie (Sündmus, PÖFF 2015, doc)
  • Austerlitz (PÖFF 2016, doc)
  • Krotkaya (Gentle Creature, 2017)