RIGA: Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa’s new project A Gentle Creature is currently shooting in and around the second biggest Latvian city, Daugavpils. This is his second feature film shooting in southern Latvia after In the Fog (2012).
A Gentle Creature is inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s short story of the same title written in 1876. It follows a woman who lives alone in the outskirts of a Russian village. One day she receives a parcel she 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, embarking on a blind quest for justice.
The cast includes Ukrainian, Romanian, Lithuanian actors and stars Vasilina Makovtseva, Valeriu Andriuță, Sergei Kolesov and Lia Akhedzhakova.
A Gentle Creature is produced by Paris-based company Slot Machine in coproduction with Russia’s GP Cinema Company, Germany’s LOOKSFilm, Netherlands’ Wild at Art and Graniet Film, Lithuania’s Studio Uljana Kim and France’s Arte France Cinéma. Latvian production will be handled by Film Angels.
The project received a cash rebate of 199,247 EUR from the National Film Center of Latvia Fund and The Riga Film Fund, that supports feature films entirely or party shot in Latvia.
This is Loznitsa’s second feature film that is shot in the Daugavpils district in southern Latvia after In the Fog (2012), which was a German/Russian/Latvian/Dutch/Belorussian coproduction between Ma.Ja.De Fiction, GP Cinema Co., Rija Films, Lemming Film, Belarusfilm and ZDF/Arte.
Oleg Mutu (In the Fog, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, mobrafilms.ro) is the DoP. Shooting will last for five weeks. The release is planned for 2017.
Credits:Director: Sergei LoznitsaScreenwriter: Sergei LoznitsaDoP: Oleg MutuEditor: Danielius KokanauskisCast: Vasilina Makovtseva, Valeriu Andriuță, Sergei Kolesov, Dimitry Bykovsky