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”.
Father Gabriel grew up in an atheistic family, did not go to church, he was foreign to his religious doctrine. For the first time in his life, the monastery visited his friend in the 29’s and felt that he had found a home. He was already there.
Father Vicilentius lived in his youth action life, which involved extreme sports, drugs, dance techno parties. At a certain stage, his carefree life began to collapse and he found himself in problems that were increasingly deepening. The cycling cut through them until he came to the monastery, where he found peace.
Father Nazarij started the construction business after the fall of communism. In his business he did not obscure the practices typical of the 1990s, which were often on the edge of the law. Unexpectedly, however, came the evil. He gave up his possessed possessions, decided to live in a solitary family, and entered 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”.
Languages of dialogues:Russian, Ukrainian
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
Copyright:Filmpark production s.r.o.
Status:World premiere, International film festival Ji.hlava 2019 (Medzi moří)
Official film website:www.filmvolanie.sk
Peter Harum, ASFS
Father Jan Rusín
Father Jakub Jacečka
Honorárny konzul Ukrajiny v SR Stanislav Obický
Mníšske bratstvo Počajev
With financial support
FILMPARK PRODUCTION S.R.O.
RTVS SLOVAK RADIO AND TELEVISION
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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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.
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