2017 | Spielfilm | 143′ |  Die Sanfte (2017) on IMDb |

A Gentle Creature

Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s short story, Sergei Loznitsa leads us into the land of crime without punishment – a journey into the abyss from the director of “In the Fog”.

A woman lives alone on the outskirts of a village in Russia. 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. So begins the story of a battle against this impenetrable fortress, the prison where the forces of social evil are constantly at work. Braving violence and humiliation, in the face of all opposition, our protagonist embarks on a blind quest for justice.

This is almost like a story you would imagine Franz Kafka would write, if he wrote about modern-day Russia.”  Kinozeit

Bettina Offermann
Christine Baron

Executive Producers
Gunnar Dedio | LOOKSfilm
Marianne Slot | Slot Machine
Carine Leblanc | Slot Machine
Uljan Kim | Studio Uljana Kim
Peter Warnier | Wild at Art
Marc van Warmerdam | Graniet Film

A co-production by
LOOKSfilm, Slot Machine, Arte France Cinéma, GP cinema company, Studio Uljana Kim, Wild at Art, Graniet Film, Solar Media Entertainment 

In association with
Wild Bunch, Haut et Court, Potemkine Films, Atoms & Void, Film Angels Studio

Author & Director
Sergei Loznitsa

Eurimages, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Aide à la Coproduction Franco-Allemande, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image Animée, Institut Français, Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA), Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, National Film Centre of Latvia, Riga Film Fund, Lithuanian Film Centre, Lithuanian National Radio and Television