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A Gentle Creature (2017)

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A GENTLE CREATURE | Dir. Sergei Loznitsa | 2017 | 143 min
Presented in Russian with English subtitles.

Master director Sergei Loznitsa’s timely A Gentle Creature digs deep into the Russian countryside and presents a unique view of the country’s penal system. Loosely inspired from a Dostoevsky short story, A Gentle Creature depicts an unnamed woman’s (Vasilina Makovtseva) attempt at visiting her husband in prison. One day, the woman receives a package that she sent to her imprisoned husband marked ‘return to sender’. She is surprised and confused by this so she heads to the prison to find out what happened. However, she soon discovers that getting an answer is not an easy task nor is finding out where her husband is. Her quest to find the facts becomes a Kafkaesque journey through a Russian society where finding the truth is elusive. Each step in finding an answer takes her further into the underbelly of a place where fact, fiction and fantasy are all indistinguishable.

A Gentle Creature is only Loznitsa’s third fictional feature after My Joy and In the Fog although he has directed more than a dozen documentary features and shorts such as Maidan, The Event. In A Gentle Creature, he brings that sharp documentary eye in depicting the details of a prison system while he smartly embraces fiction, satire and even opera in crafting the film. The end result is a film that is essential viewing for our contemporary times!

Awards
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2017 - Nominated (Asia Pacific Screen Award, Best Film | Marianne Slot, Valentina Mikhalyova, Galina Sementsova, Lev Karakhan, Gunnar Dedio, Uljana Kim, Peter Warnier, Serge Lavrenyuk, Marc van Warmerdam)
Cannes Film Festival 2017 - Nominated (Palme d'Or | Sergei Loznitsa)
Munich Film Festival 2017 - Nominated (ARRI/OSRAM Award, Best International Film | Sergei Loznitsa)

A Gentle Creature is the fourth title in our CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series.

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The CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series showcases the best films from around the world made by rising masters and established auteurs. The series offers a rare chance to view critically acclaimed works by directors who are pushing the boundaries of cinema. Over the last three seasons, this series has screened works by directors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, UK, and USA. This season, the series features critical works hailing from Thailand, Dominican Republic, South Korea, and Russia. Finally, to wrap the series, we feature Argentine auteur Lucrecia Martel’s first film in over 9 years, Zama, in March 2018.

We look forward to seeing you there! With more news about our 11th Season being released every week, stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our Member Newsletter. We'd love to hear from you.


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