THE CALLING

THEY LEFT ORDINARY LIFE, FAMILY, WORK AND ENTERED TO A MONASTERY.

They left ordinary life, wife, kids, work and entered to a monastery.

In its portraits of three monks, Erik Praus’s documentary captures the inimitable spiritual ambiance and mysticism of Pochayiv Lavra, an Eastern Orthodox monastery on a hill above the town of Pochayiv in western Ukraine’s Ternopil Oblast. Fathers Gabriel, Vicilentius and Nazarij have left their past traumas behind, finding peace, balance and their lives’ meaning at the monastery.

Their stories are allegories of spiritualization and purification from human passions against the backdrop of the turbulent Ukrainian reality.

Motivated by material need and spiritual desperation, the faithful flock to this place of pilgrimage in search of new strength and forgiveness. The film respectfully observes the monks’ everyday lives, while also noticing the opulent splendour of their surroundings.

The road to faith is not a privilege of the chosen few; it is open to all who hear its “calling”.

TRAILER

POCHAYIV LAVRA

According to a legend from the 13th century, on the top of the Pocajev Rock in the west of Ukraine, the Holy Mother of God appeared to the pastoral monks and shepherds. At the place of her appearance, she left a footprint from which sprung a healing spring. 

Orthodox believers also perceive the sanctity of the place through the story of St. Jov (1551-1651), who became the superior of the monastery. During his time, the monastery was in bloom. Jov lived his ascetic life for 100 years. Many went to his grave to pray, begging for help, and known are tales about successful recoveries from various diseases. 

The monastery also holds the icon of the Holy Virgin, which has miraculous powers, according to believers. 

CAST

Father Gabriel

Father Gabriel

Otec Gabriel vyrastal v ateistickej rodine, nechodil do kostola, náboženská náuka mu bola cudzia. Kláštor prvýkrát vo svojom živote navštívil v 29. rokoch so svojim priateľom a pocítil, že našiel domov. Už v ňom zostal.

Father Vicilentius

Father Vicilentius

Otec Vicilentius žil v mladosti akčným životom, čo obnášalo extrémne športy, drogy, tanečné techno parties. V istej fáze sa mu bezstarostný život začal rúcať a ocitol sa v problémoch, ktoré sa čoraz viac prehlbovali. Zacyklenie v nich preťal až príchod do kláštora, kde našiel pokoj.

Father Nazarij

Father Nazarij

Otec Nazarij po páde komunizmu začal podnikať v stavebníctve. Vo svojom biznise sa neštítil praktík typických pre 90-te roky, ktoré boli často na hrane zákona. Nečakane prišiel však zlom. Vzdal sa nahonobeného majetku, rozhodol sa žiť v osamotení bez rodiny a vstúpil do kláštora.

PRESSKIT

SYNOPSYS

They left ordinary life, wife, kids, work and entered to a monastery. In its portraits of three monks, Erik Praus’s documentary captures the inimitable spiritual ambiance and mysticism of Pochayiv Lavra, an Eastern Orthodox monastery on a hill above the town of Pochayiv in western Ukraine’s Ternopil Oblast. Fathers Gabriel, Vicilentius and Nazarij have left their past traumas behind, finding peace, balance and their lives’ meaning at the monastery. Their stories are allegories of spiritualization and purification from human passions against the backdrop of the turbulent Ukrainian reality. Motivated by material need and spiritual desperation, the faithful flock to this place of pilgrimage in search of new strength and forgiveness. The film respectfully observes the monks’ everyday lives, while also noticing the opulent splendour of their surroundings. The road to faith is not a privilege of the chosen few; it is open to all who hear its “calling”.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Name:The Calling
Languages of dialogues:Russian, Ukrainian
Sub-titles:Slovak, English
Length:70 minutes
Film format:2K Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 2048×858 FPS:25/1 (4K available too)
Sound format:Dolby 5.1
Available on:DCP 25p, Blu-ray, DVD
Genre:Documentary
Copyright:Filmpark production s.r.o.
Produced in:2019
Status:World premiere, International film festival Ji.hlava 2019 (Medzi moří)
Official film website:www.filmvolanie.sk
Facebook page:facebook.com/volanie
Trailer Youtube:youtu.be/BpkUiYOEcyo
TITLES

Directed by:
Erik Praus

DOP:
Peter Kováč

Editor:
Peter Harum, ASFS

Dramaturgy:
Ingrid Mayerová
Jan Gogola

Music:
David Kollar

Sound:
Michal Džadoň

Producer:
Peter Neveďal

Production RTVS:
Tibor Horváth

Production Assistant:
Oľga Marošová
Dominika Jurkiewicz
Andrej Melnik
Natalii Melnik

Production RTVS:
Mária Šnircová

Grading:
Peter Harum

Sound Mixing:
Michal Džadoň
Bohumil Martinák

Aerial shots:
Stano Gužák

Animation:
Peter Harum

Vocals:
Miroslav Humeník

Translations:
Andrej Melnik
Natalii Melnik
Zoya Zorkina
Pavol Janík
Ivan Palúch

Professional cooperation:
Father Jan Rusín
Father Jakub Jacečka

Special thanks:
Metropolita Vladimír
Honorárny konzul Ukrajiny v SR Stanislav Obický
Mníšske bratstvo Počajev
Peter Maroš
Katarína Rusínová
Lucia Praus
Martin Palúch

Thanks:
Marek Leščák
Rado Dúbravský
Marek Kuboš
Dušan Trančík
Anna Ryndová
Peter Morávek
Anna Harumová
Pavol Harum
Darinka Móžiová
Stanislava Auxtová
Janka Zibríková
Father Dimitrij
Eva Kahancová
Tomáš Hudák
Miro Ulman
Lea Pagáčová
Nykola Košnárová
Marek Kundlák
Milan Dančo
Pavol Pekarčík
Martin Kočiško

With financial support

        

©

FILMPARK PRODUCTION S.R.O.
RTVS SLOVAK RADIO AND TELEVISION
2019

www.filmvolanie.sk

CREATORS

Erik Praus

Erik Praus

director

Graduated in Bratislava, Department of documentary filmmaking at the FTF VSMU. After student films Recycler (2009) and Musicians (2011), debuted with a documentary film When Land Is Looking for Its Heaven(2016). His next feature documentary film is named The Calling.

Peter Neveďal

Peter Neveďal

producer

Graduated at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He has worked on documentary, feature and animated films, as well as TV serials. He has also worked for the Audiovisual Fund as a member of documentary film committee. He founded Filmpark production, where he develops and produces more feature-length documentaries, feature films and animated films and series. He is currently a member of Slovak Film and TV Academy, Association of Independent Producers and Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers. He teaches as an internal member at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica.

Peter Kováč

Peter Kováč

DOP

Peter Kováč graduated at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica – documentary filmmaking. He prefers fixed lens and open aperture. He is happily married. He has three sons.

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Peter Harum

Peter Harum

editor

Peter Harum (*1978, Bratislava) studied film editing at the Film and Television Faculty of VŠMU. His most successful films include: the original documentary Vladko’s Way (awarded the Literary Fund Prize for artistic achievement in 2010 in the category of documentary film), I Am Miner, Who Is More? (awarded the Grand Prix at the Áčko festival in 2012, as well as a nomination at the festival in Amsterdam), Gypsy Vote (directed by Jaro Vojtek, 2012) – special recognition for extraordinarily high-quality film editing – the Silver Eye Prize 2012, So Far, So Near (directed by Jaro Vojtek, 2014 – national nomination for EFA and the main national Igric price for documentary film).

Ingrid Mayerová

Ingrid Mayerová

dramaturgy

Graduate of FAMU Prague, later Summer Academy of Cultural Management Council of Europe in Salzburg. She is dedicated to dramaturgy of documentary films. Lecturer and Head of Department od documentary film at FTF VŠMU in Bratislava. She was appointed as professor of Film Arts and Multimedia. 

Bibliography: Miklós Jancsó (monograph, Praha), Dramaturgy of Audiovisual Documentary Films (textbook, Bratislava,), Basic Documentary School (head of assembly of almanac, Bratislava), Remaining man Martin Slivka (co-editor  of monograph, Bratislava), The Author – The Vision – The Limits – The Television (co-sditor of almanac, Prague).

Selected filmography: screenplay for television film Machinko, co-author of screenplay for film Martin Slivka – Man Who Planted Trees, director of documentary films Conversations about a Story, Nataša Bohumila Jolana, The author of documentary series Women about Women, author of triptych The Other Women, dramaturgist of documentary series Wonderful World of Animated Film, Slovak cinema, For The Teacher, Female First, White Crows and Heroes among us, My Emigrant and full-length documentary movies Afghan Women Behind Wheel, Graduates, Judge me and Prove me, I Crossed the Border, Lyricist, Bright Place, The Place Seeking its Heaven, Unseen, The Calling.

David Kollár

David Kollár

music

David Kollar (35) is a young generation artist, guitarist and film music composer with a unique musical vision that absorbs and reflects all manner of music while retaining an enviable individualism and high quality craftsmanship that can span from music creativity to very powerful and deep music.

David has released ten expansive albums, book, scored 18 films and worked on many multimedia projects. Film Stanko has got nomination by Slovak Film and TV academy for the best film score of 2016.

David Kollar is one of the most productive Slovak instrumentalists and composers of experimental, movie and scenic music. The Prepared Guitar magazine included him among 101 modern guitarists of the 21 st century.

PRODUCER’S CONTACT:

Filmpark production, s.r.o.
Peter Neveďal
peter@filmpark.sk – www.filmpark.sk
+421 905 455 234

filmvolanie@filmvolanie.sk
www.FILMVOLANIE.sk/EN
www.facebook.com/volanie

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