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Beldocs » Beldoks | 31 Festival će otvoriti domaći dokumentarni film Govori da bih te video Marije Stojnić, koji će biti prikazan nakon uspešnih nastupa na svetskim festivalima The festival will open with a screening of the local documentary film Speak So I Can See You by Marija Stojnić, which will be shown after having performed successfully at film festivals worldwide Autorka filma sa ocem Arsenijem na Menhetnu Author of the filmwith father Arsenie in Manhattan The thirteenth edition of the Beldocs International Documentary FilmFestival will be held in Belgrade from3 rd to 10 th September FAT HE R ARSEN I E Fromartist to clergyman Serbian director and producer Svetlana Cemin’s documentary film Father Arsenie represents a uniquely intimate portrait of a modern and unusual monk with lofty objectives THROUGHADEPICTIONOF THEDAILYLIFEOF FatherArsenie andhisrecollectionsofhisturbulent pastfromhissecularlife,thedirector highlightsthetransformationprocess of an urban avant-garde artist into a cleric. The filmwas shot inManhat- tan, where Father Arsenie “discov- ered” Orthodoxy, and at the Ribni- caMonastery,whereheservesasthe abbot.Itwillhaveitspremierescreen- ingaspartofthe“SpecialScreenings” selectionat this year’s 13 th editionof theBeldocsInternationalDocumen- tary Film Festival. “The life story of Father Arsenie is fascinating in and of itself, and sought an answer to the question of how it happened that an urban, avant-garde artist transformed into a senior cleric. Through all the years of hismonastic life, we discover that heissimultaneouslyatalentedsculp- tor,painterandpoet.Isincerelyhope that, through this film, you will feel the good vibrations that are emitted byFatherArsenie,whichgivestrength to the human psyche to expand ho- rizons, but also to binduswarmly to our own roots.” Why specifically was Man- hattan the place where Fa- ther Arsenie discovered Or- thodoxy? “He lived in Manhattan in the late1980sandearly‘90s,whereheat- temptedtoprovehimselfasanartist. Whythelifeofanartistwasreplaced with the life of a monk was the cen- tral question of the film. That is un- doubtedlybecauseofthegreatinten- sity of the experiences he was going through at the time, which led him toindescribablypainfulexperiences. Themomentwhenhecameintocon- tactwithChristianitythroughpaint- ing was when the light opened from that gloomy tunnel, and his power was redirected towards spiritual de- velopment.” You already knew each other back in Belgrade? “In the past we were part of the milieu of Belgrade’s artistic world, which in the meantime has unfor- tunately melted away. Through his openness to the world and constant referencestohighergoals,FatherAr- senie became an important spiritual leaderofOrthodoxy,whileatthesame time a consistent artist who doesn’t stop creating.” What do you remember the most from your time model- ling? You collaborated with the world’s greatest fashion creators... “I spent the first year after leav- ing Belgrade inMilan, and it was on- ly upon arriving in Paris, when I ar- rivedforcastingatYvesSanLaurent, that I realised the door to the top of world fashion had opened to me. I worked for Givenchy, Dior, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Oscar de la Renta etc. I remember my first fash- ionshowforJeanPaulGaultier,who wasjustbeginningatthetime.Iwore his avant-garde designs that he gave me instead of payment. I still have them in my closet.” And then came the even more glamorous world of acting and Broadway? “Upon arrival in Manhattan, I first started attending acting class- es and after six months I’d already gotmy first lead role in the play “Oh, Manhattan”.AlthoughI’mcurrently dealingwithfilm,my first and great- est love is the theatre stage. Of all thecelebritiesI’vemet,MerylStreep left the deepest impression on me, because she has both feet firmly on theground,andperhapsalsobecause her husband is a sculptor likemine.”

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