A Gentle Creature

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A Gentle Creature

#1 Post by swo17 » Thu May 10, 2018 2:53 pm

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Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, A Gentle Creature is the third fiction feature by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (In the Fog, Donbass).

Loosely adapted from the short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the film concerns the 'gentle creature' of the title, played by Vasilina Makovtseva. A parcel sent to her imprisoned husband is returned undelivered, prompting her to travel from her rural home to the remote region in Siberia where he is being held in the hope of an explanation. But this seemingly simple task becomes an infinitely difficult challenge taking on Kafkaesque proportions.

Beautifully shot by Oleg Mutu, a key figure in the Romanian New Wave whose credits include The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and powered by a stunning performance from Makovtseva, A Gentle Creature is a riveting, brutal, but blackly humorous masterpiece.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
• Optional English subtitles
• Interview with writer-director Sergei Loznitsa
• Brand-new appreciation by writer and critic Peter Hames
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Jonathan Romney and an interview with Loznitsa

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Re: A Gentle Creature

#2 Post by Oedipax » Thu May 10, 2018 3:42 pm

Excellent news. The reviews out of Cannes were far too harsh on this - while probably not a perfect film, it was certainly among the better stuff I saw from the festival last year.

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Re: A Gentle Creature

#3 Post by Ashirg » Sun May 13, 2018 5:42 am

Was it picked up in US? Considering it's UK only release, I guess it was, but can't find any info.

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