The story follows the hesychasm of an orthodox monk in miraculous atmosphere of an isolated hermitage. His peace is interrupted by a sudden visit of two people. After realizing that the wartime past has come back and that he cannot forget and forgive the pain he has suffered, the monk becomes aware that the gap that has appeared between him and God cannot be bridged. This is a film about reconciliation and forgiveness, about the big question posed after every war: how to forgive your enemy? The film was shot in inaccessible, unspoiled locations of deserted Eastern Serbia, in an atmosphere which underlines the isolation of a life in hermitage, and the inner drama of the three characters, who have to face each other. The plot now becomes complex while the beauty of nature stands as a contrast to the sufferings of all three characters.
”Never try to convey your idea to the audience – it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life and they’ll find within themselves the means to access and appreciate it.“
”The film Stalker needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewer who walked into the wrong theatre has time to leave before the main action starts.“
”What is art? Art is declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life—love and sacrifice.“
”A scene has to have a rhythm of its own, a structure of its own.“
”I want my characters to suggest the background in them, even when it is not visible. I want them to be so powerfully realized that we cannot imagine them apart from their physical and social context even when we see them in empty space.“
Ivan Jovic is a writer to whom film is a form of artistic exploration.
I keep thinking about Eduard (2000)
Cheerful life of a man in coffin (2002)
Life of a village (2013)
Short films: Ordinary Day (2011), Winegrower (2012)
Documentaries: Tea party (2012), Legacy (work in progress)
Feature film: The Healing (2014)
Uncompromisingly realistic in his acting, and completely dedicated to every role he plays, Jovo Maksic pulls us into the complex inner world of an unusual character and his psychological and spiritual drama.
Radovan Miljanic’s rich theatrical experience ads the necessary depth to the character of a man who is about to lose the last purpose of his life.
First time on film, young Nemanja Jeremic lyrically portrays the character of a sick boy who faces the meaningless world of the adult.
Мembers of the small film crew put all their skills and dedication into the success of this project. HЕRE you can see the ending credits of the film.
Director of photography Pablo Ferro Zivanovic, master of cinematic images, forever in love with the play of light and shadows.
Documentary films: The Legacy (work in progress), Wall of death and all that (work in progress), Unplugged (2013), Dumbfounded hog (2010), A star is born (2010), Village without women (2010), Freedom or nothing (2008), Made in Serbia (2005)
Feature film: The Healing (2014)
Short feature film: While they were flying to the moon (2014)
Short documentary film: And bicyclist are people too (2013)
During complex work on the film music, we have consulted many talented people who creatively contributed to the process of artistic research. However, there is one person responsible for the film music: the Greek interpreter of byzantine chanting, Nektaria Karantzi. Nektaria’s interpretation of “Psalm 33 with terirem” carries the emotion that perfectly underlines the overall message of the film.
Nektaria’s voice is much more than the film music: it represents the fourth, invisible character. In the men’s story of the war and meaninglessness, there is this gentle voice of a woman, mother, sister, voice of consolation, Mother of God who sings a lullaby; the voice of wisdom of the heart.
The world premiere of film The Healing was on November 7th 2014 at the 24th Film Festival Cottbus-festival of East European film, in selection Spektrum.
In the very successful festival year behind us, The Healing won important international film awards:
- Zlatno sonce award for best film within the CineBalkan selection at the 13th European Film Festival CINEDAYS in Skopje, Macedonia.
- Best film and Best screenplay award at 4th New Balkan Film Festival held in Sweden in February 2015.
- Serbian Film Jury Prize at 43rd International film festival- FEST, in Belgrade, Serbia. Jury president Miljenko Jergovic said: “This film fulfills its highly set spiritual and ethical goal: those who have seen it will leave cinemas as changed people.”
- The Golden knight award in the feature film category and the best supporting role award for Nemanja Jeremic at the 24th Golden Knight International Film Festival in Sevastopol, Russia.
- Best sound design award at SOFEST, Serbia.
- Best feature film award at International Orthodox Cinema Festival “The strong in spirit”, Krusevac, Serbia.
- Signis award at Religion Today Film Festival, Trento, Italy.
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