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Arsenie. An Amazing Afterlife
Alexandru Solomon • Romania, Luxembourg • 2023 • 96 min • No Premiere
Director Alexandru Solomon conducts a social experiment among a group of believers participating in a pilgrimage centering on Arsenie Boca.
Following a few brutal first minutes, which are both a protest and a manifesto, the documentary soon changes direction toward another sensitive topic, the church’s influence on society. The filmmaker takes a group of believers and organises various activities and interviews in order to discover what they feel and think. From the pilgrims' beliefs emerge the beliefs of the Romanian Orthodox community and patterns recognisable in today's society. By showing three warring perspectives through the voices of the protagonists, the film explores how church, religion and marketing are inextricably intertwined.
Original Title:Arsenie. Viaţa de apoi
Director:Alexandru Solomon
Producers: Ada Solomon, Diana Caravia, Adrien Chef, Paul Thiltges
Cinematographer: Tudor Platon, Marius Beșu
Editors: Cătălin Cristuțiu, Sophie Reiter
Music: Alin Zăbrăuțeanu
Production Company: Micro Film, Paul Thiltges Distributions, Hi Film Productions
Sound: Dragoș Cătărău, Alin Zăbrăuțeanu