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.
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.
Studio Uljana Kim
10202, Vilnius / Lithuania
Tel: +370 699 265 52
Film Angels Productions
Phone: +371 673 31 921
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Screenwriter: Sergei Loznitsa
DoP: Oleg Mutu
Editor: Danielius Kokanauskis
Cast: Vasilina Makovtseva, Valeriu Andriuță, Sergei Kolesov, Dimitry Bykovsky