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 The Society of Jesus / Druzba Isusova/ (2004) - feature

 

Poetical and aesthetical.... aesthetical Shanghai, China

 

Meryl Streep with Croatian Actors,  Silvije Petranovic & Leona & Milan, June,2004

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Ron Holloway critic 

 

 

 

 

The critic of the day: Ron Holloway
Silvije Petranovic's Society of Jesus

As historical dramas go, Silvije Petranovic's Druzba Isusova / Society of Jesus (Croatia) is a cut above the average - all the more impressive because it's a debut feature by an all-around talent
with a good track record as a video pioneer, producer, painter, and documentary filmmaker...

The twist coming at the end is worth the wait, for the Countess is as intelligent as she is beautiful and can see though all the evil schemes of the Church - save for the soul of the troubled ascetic who has been sent to hear her confession and wrestles against his own concupiscence... 10 SARAJEVO IFF , August,2004, Ron Holloway, Berlin

 

 Silvije Petranovic & John Malkovich

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26/10/2004 - 20h02                

Mostra de Cinema: "Sociedade de Jesus" critica Igreja com caso de amor

SÃO PAULO (Reuters) - Uma das novidades da 28a Mostra BR de Cinema de São Paulo é a participação inédita de uma produção croata. Raras e quase desconhecidas no Brasil, seus filmes fogem do convencional, sendo reconhecidos por seu caráter intimista e conceitual.

E quem representa a Croácia é o jovem diretor Silvije Petranovic, trazendo "A Sociedade de Jesus," cujo roteiro é baseado no livro homônimo de seu compatriota Jiri Sotola.

O trabalho de Sotola fez relativo sucesso no país, graças à crítica impiedosa à igreja católica e uma história de amor sufocante, que passa longe do romance clichê e meloso que outros escritores insistem em relembrar.

O filme apresenta o torturado padre Had, que sempre parece estar colocando à prova sua dedicação religiosa. Servindo à Sociedade de Jesus, o jesuíta enfrenta todo o tipo de intempérie para propagar a doutrina cristã pelo país.

Sua tranquilidade termina de vez quando passa a ser confessor da bela e viúva condessa Maria, que se torna uma tentação constante.

O gradual envolvimento entre os dois leva o padre a repensar sua vocação e, claro, seu voto de castidade. Mas, enganam-se aqueles que acreditam já ter visto algo similar. O abismo moral que os separa torna vivo e pujante o turbilhão emocional interior que os traga.

As palavras não precisam ser ditas, mas o delicado olhar de Petranovic faz o espectador se sentir uma testemunha desse amor platônico e proibido.

Ao lado da história entre a viúva e o padre, se encontra toda uma explícita crítica à igreja, que transparece nas ações do sacerdote superior a Had. Interessado nas riquezas e no corpo da condessa, ele simboliza a ganância eclesiástica que acompanhou a profusão da Igreja no centro da Europa nos séculos 16 e 17.

Além de curiosa, devido à sua origem, a produção ainda obtém resultados bastante positivos, a começar pelos detalhes, como cenografia e figurino. Petranovic acerta também na fotografia e na sensibilidade de seu olhar, ao contar uma história honesta e pura.

(Por Rodrigo Zavala, do Cineweb)

 

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 Silvije Petranovic at Cairo FF,dec 2004      At Gizah Platou, Cairo

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Special Event
Champions of Conscience Filmmakers
with Jody Williams Nobel Peace Laureate and Festival guests
Director Silvije Petranovic will attend with an exhibition of his paintings.
o Films o Panel Discussion o Dove Release
Panel Discussion, Dove Release, NVWCFF Humanitarian Award
to Ms. Williams and "The Society of Jesus" (Croatia) in the Courtyard
Film under the stars.
Film maker/artist Silvije Petranovic of Croatia In Person. July,2005

 

With Mike Grgich /Famous Winemaker  

 Panel Discussion: Champion of Conscience Filmmakers 

    

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The Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)
(Druzba Isusova)

A missionary assigned to be the confessor for a rich young widow is urged by his superiors to sway her into "donating" her land and wealth to the church. The elegant, lonely countess, meanwhile, has her own, slightly more carnal ulterior motive for keeping the handsome priest around. While the battle for the priest's soul rages, he struggles against both his own temptations of the flesh and the machinations of a post-medieval Faith, Inc. Epic panoramic visuals contrast with the characters' aims and efforts, reminding us of life's awesome natural beauty. Masterfully performed by an all-star Croatian cast, director Silvije Petranovic's tale of repression and religion may take place in 17th-century Eastern Europe, but don't let the historical setting fool you: Substitute the film's power-hungry Jesuits with the corrupt factions that have run roughshod over the Balkans during the last fifty years, and the message would remain the same.- David Fear

28 MILL VALLEY FF October, 2005 

          

Pierce Brosnan  & Silvije Petranovic ,      Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Silvije Petranovic

At 28 MVFF The Society of Jesus (The Jesuits ) has been shown at Mill Valley and San Rafael , also Silvije Petranovic was invited guest at panel:

FRAME BY FRAME: FILM, PHILANTHROPY AND CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT

Social-issue films so often inspire the question, what can I do? This panel addresses some of the ways filmmakers answer that question, creating work that engages with disenfranchised communities and with issues of social, racial, political and environmental justice. The panelists are all working on projects creatively involved in changing the world through film.

Silvije Petranovic was also guest at film class at SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, after screening of The Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) for 250 students, Silvije Petranovic answered questions about making film. 

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CROATIAN PREMIERE on 51 PULA FF 

Golden Arena for Art Director, July 2004, Roman Theatar in Pula, Audiance: 4000 people on screening!

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 The Society of Jesus: produced & directed by Silvije Petranovic, copyright Maydi Film 2004

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