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| 39 MyMilošdidn’t like to talkabout the timehespent at that camp inAustria. It was only at the opening of theexhibitionMauthausen106621 that I rst came face-to-face with his fate. It was then that Iwanted to shootmy rst lm, the story of my father’s life...” This is how director Darko Bajić begins the touchingstoryofhisfatherMiloš,Yugoslavia’s rst abstract artist, who survived the horrors of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and whose life is depicted in the documentary lmLifeline, whichopens thisyear’seditionof theBelDocs International Documentary Film Festival. What did returning to that terribleplace look like for your father? - I didn’t have time to think about my father. I was young and had just discovered the world of lm. I crawled into the crematorium’s furnace, entered the gas chambers, shot while listening to my father’s stories and tried to reconstruct everything that had happened there. Confronting that crime leftmewith trauma that I still live with today. Wereyouhauntedby those images from that camp? -Thatwasacaseofcomingface-to-facewith my father’s fate. An encounter with death. Such thingsmoveusdeeply. I believe that everything I then experienced looking throughmy camera lens determinedmy fate as a lmdirector. It was actually there that you rst found out that your grandfather hadalsobeen imprisoned and tortured in the same place? - My grandfather, Miloš’s father Trifun, was mobilisedduringWorldWar IbytheAustro-Hungarian Army and sent to the Russian front. My granddad didn’t want to kill Russian ghters, so anAustrianMajor shot him in the back.Wounded, hewas transported–togetherwithcaptured Russians - to the small Austrian town of Mauthausen. So, bothmygrandfather andmy father –alongwitha largenumberof other Serbs–suffered the same fate. Whathappenedtoyourgrandfather; did he survive the camp? -Yes, but he died very soon after thewar as a consequenceof hiswounds. My fathermoved to live with his uncle Spasoja in Belgrade and enrolled in ne art studies with Professor Beta Vukanović. Sometime in late 1943, Miloš joined Valjevo’sPartisanDivision.TheGermanscaptured him, but hemanaged toescape. Hehid inahospitalwherehewastreatedfor tuberculosis.When a drive for enrolments in the Academy of Fine Arts was announced, he couldn’t resist signing up. He was accepted, but it was in that way that they found and arrested him. He was sent rst to Banjica, then to Mauthausen. Didheever tellyouhowamancanhandle such a tragedy; how he can survive and return to normal life after everything? - Intheconcentrationcampstheymilledmasmona šipci ispred zgrade uulici Tadeuša Košćuška i pričali. Ako je neko gledao novi film, morao je da ga prepriča celomdruštvu. Ali jemorao da se potrudi. Stvarali smo i maštali život oko sebe dopunjujući ono što nismo imali. A tada smo imali duha, danas imamo kompjutere. Sećaš li se prvog filma koji si ispričao? –Da.Hičkokove Ptice. Pričaosam imkako je posle projekcije svaki golubplašiomojudevojku. Bili smo slobodni da tragamo za onim što želimo. A to je bila ideja mog oca, da ostanem slobodan u traženju sebe. Učiote je idaimašposebanodnos prema umetnosti? – Dok su boje još bile sveže i širio semiris terpentina, sedeli bismo prednjegovomtek nastalomslikom. Upozoravaome je da ne žurimsa zaključcima, damaštamzajedno sa slikom, ali i sa svakom knjigom koju pročitam ili filmom koji odgledam. Danikadaneosuđujemi nepresuđujem. Todanaspokušavamdakaoprofesor prenesem svojim studentima. Ostavićeš svetu uspomenu na Miloša Bajića... – Bio je sjajan tip, imao samsreću damibudeotac. Želeosamdasnimim film, da ispričam priču, a da kao sin ne budempreviše ličan. Filmomsam pokušaodadamodgovor napitanje – da li je zlo nestalo sa ove planete? Darko sa ocem Milošem Darko with his father Miloš LINIJA ŽIVOTA Linija života je film o velikom umetniku i profesoru Milošu Bajiću, o surovosti rata u kojem je ljudski život vredeo onoliko koliko je čovek bio sposoban da radi u monstruoznoj mašineriji koncentracionih logora, o 11 miliona onih koji nisu dočekali šansu da nakon tog rata žive, rade, stvaraju i oforme porodice i o tome kako je glavni junak svojom maštom i umetnošću pobedio smrt i postao prvi apstraktni slikar u bivšoj Jugoslaviji. LIFELINE Lifeline is a lm about great artist and professor Miloš Bajić, about the cruelty of a war in which a human life was worth as much as a man was capable of working in the monstrous machinery of a concentration camp, about the 11 million people who didn’t get a chance to live, create and form families after that war, and about how the lead character managed, with his imagination and art, to defeat death and become the former Yugoslavia’s rst abstract artist.

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