Close-Up: Stefan Arsenijević

19/11 | FRIDAY | 17:00 | Kino Kinoteka
open to the public

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ZFF and the Filmmakers’ Association of Croatian present the masterclass with director and scriptwriter Stefan Arsenijević whose feature film, As Far As I Can Walk, is screening in ZFF’s main competition. Hosting the talk with the director is producer Tamara Babun.

Belgrade was an important stop on the Balkan migrant route. Thousands of tired, lost people arrived in my city every day. And while a part of our public feared that migrants would destroy our culture and way of life, I thought it would be interesting to make them the heroes in the modern adaptation of the Serbian folk epic Banović Strahinja. What if the people we feared substituted the Serbian national heroes? And what if they embraced our heritage? For me, it seemed to raises a number of interesting questions about identity and tradition. So we merged these two completely disparate worlds, with a desire to try to better understand both. I would say that the strength of cinematic art lies precisely in allowing us to recognize ourselves in others. Stefan Arsenijević


He graduated in film&TV directing from the FDU in Belgrade, where he now teaches. Winner of the Golden Bear and the European Short Film Award for (A)Torsion (2003). His feature debut, Love and Other Crimes (2008), premiered at the Berlinale, while his latest film, As Far As I Can Walk, won as many as 5 awards at Karlovy Vary, including the Crystal Globe for Best Film. Founder and program director of First Films First, the Goethe-Institut’s regional professional training program for young directors. 


She was born in Zagreb in 1985. She graduated in production from ADU. She has been working on film and TV projects since 2006. From 2011 to 2015, she was the producer of the ZagrebDox Pro program. From 2012 to 2016, she worked at Factum as an executive producer, participating in the production of a dozen documentaries. In 2017, she founded the production company Wolfgang&Dolly. She is a member of HRUP and HDFD.