As Far as I Can Walk / Strahinja Banović

by Stefan Arsenijević

(Fiction, Serbia/France/Luxemburg/Bulgaria/Lithuania, 2021, 92’, C, En ST)

with Ibrahim Koma, Nancy Mensah-Offei, Maxim Khalil

As Far as I Can Walk

Strahinya and his wife Ababuo left Ghana at the beginning of the emigration crisis. They were able to reach Germany and from there were sent to Belgrade. Strahinya does his best to start a new life and obtain the right of asylum. But the procedure is very long, and Ababuo, an intense woman, dreams of becoming an actress in London. A free adaptation of a Serbian epic poem.

At the inner core of our film there is something very intimate. A love story. A story of an obstinate, unusual, and beautiful love. The story of a man who infringes on the rules of society and risks everything for love.“ Stefan Arsenijević

I wanted to do a modern adaptation of one of the most important epic texts of Serbian tradition, the medieval poem Strahinja Banović. It dawned on me: and what if in this new adaptation the Serbian folk hero was a young African immigrant?  What influence would that have on our comprehension of our national heritage and identity?”  Stefan Arsenijević

“The character of Strahinja Banović in our film was inspired by Ibrahim Ishak, a young man from Ghana who lives in a refugee camp in Krnjača. Just like Strahinja in the film, Ibrahim filed for asylum and is still waiting for an interview with the Serbian administration. As he is undocumented, Ibrahim is not authorized to work and is therefore volunteering at the Red Cross. He also practices with the local football club, but he won’t be able to play officially until he is granted asylum. Nevertheless, Ibrahim is optimistic and enthusiastic about staying in Serbia.” Stefan Arsenijević

Trailer du film

Stefan Arsenijević
Stefan Arsenijević

Stefan Arsenijevic has a degree in direction from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, where he now teaches. His short subject (A)torsion (2003) won more than 30 national and international awards, among which the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, the European Film Academy Award, and an Oscar nomination. He directed one of the six episodes of the project Lost and Found (2005) created at the Berlinale Forum. His first feature film Love and Other Crimes (2008) premiered at the Berlinale Panorama Special section and then participated in numerous international film festivals, where it won several awards.  With Bojan Vuletic, he co-wrote the feature film Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying (2011). They also collaborated on the screenplay for Stefan’s second feature film, As Far as I Can Walk (2021). Since 2015, Stefan also directs the Goethe Institute’s professional formation program for Southeastern European directors, FIRST FILMS FIRST and is a member of the European Film Academy.

Other movies: Competition Prix Sauvage

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