As Far As I Can Walk / Strahinja Banović

country, year
Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

genre
feature

running time
92′

directed by
Stefan Arsenijević

languages
Serbian, English

subtitles
Slovenian

about the film
A re-imagining of a traditional medieval epic in which contemporary African migrants take the place of Serbian national heroes. Urgent and timeless at the same time, the adaptation raises questions about identity, tradition, race and love.

about the author
Stefan Arsenijević 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.

festivals and awards
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2021 (Winner: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Winner: Europa Cinemas Label Award, Winner: Crystal Globe, Special Mention, Winner: Best Actor), Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2021, Seville European Film Festival, 2021, Cairo International Film Festival, 2021, Pingyao Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, 2021

filmography (selection)
Little Morning Story (Mala jutarnja priča, 2002, short)
(A)Torzion (2003, short)
Lost and Found (Izgubljeno – nađeno, 2005)
Love and Other Crimes (Ljubav i drugi zločini, 2008)
As Far as I Can Walk (Strahinja Banović, 2021)