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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #9. Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature

A Gentle Creature

Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Writer: Sergei Loznitsa

Having completed three documentaries, plus several documentary shorts since his 2012 sophomore narrative feature In the Fog, Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa has at last commenced with a third fiction project, A Gentle Creature, adapted from a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the same story which previously inspired notable films by Robert Bresson (A Gentle Woman, 1969), Aleksandr Borisov (Krotkaya, 1960). Updated for a contemporary climate, it tells the story of a woman who receives a package from a prison, the same one she had sent to her husband but returned for unexplained reasons. What transpires in her quest against injustice doesn’t promise to be very gentle at all.

Cast: Not available.

Production Co./Producer(s): Arte France Cinema (Olivier Pere), Slot Machine, Graniet Film BV.

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: In November, Loznitsa confirmed he was finishing the editing process on A Gentle Creature. Considering his last two narrative features premiered in the Cannes main competition (My Joy in 2010; In the Fog in 2012), we assume to see his latest pop up there as well.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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