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As Far As I Can Walk

Should the Wind Drop

Original name: Strahinja Banović
English name: As Far As I Can Walk
Year: 2021
Run time: 92 min
Language: English, Serbian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Director: Stefan Arsenijevića
Producers:Miroslav Mogorović
Cast: Ibrahim Koma, Nancy Mensah-Offei, Maxim Khalil, Rami Farah, Nebojša Dugalić
Screenplay:Stefan Arsenijević, Bojan Vuletić, Nicolas Ducray
Cinematographer: Jelena Stanković
Editor:Vanja Kovačević
Sound Designer: Zoran Maksimovic
Music Composer: Martynas Bialobžeskis
Costume Designer:Carine Rando de Felice
Production Designer: Zorana Petrov
Production Company: Art & Popcorn
World Sales:Soul Food Films
World Sales Phone:+38111 2672004
World Sales Email: info@soulfoodfilms.com

Festivals:

  • Karlovy Vary IFF 2021
  • Thessaloniki IFF 2021
  • Zagreb IFF 2021
  • Cairo IFF 2021
  • Trieste FF 2022

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2008 Love and Other Crimes
  • 2005 Lost & Found
  • 2003 (A)trosion (Short)

Director's Biography:

Nora Martirosyan

Stefan Arsenijevic graduated Film and TV Directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), where he now teaches film directing. His short film (A)torsion (2003) won Golden Bear at Berlinale, European Film Academy Award and the Oscar nomination. Stefan directed one of six stories in Lost and Found premiered Berlinale Forum in 2005. His first feature Love and Other Crimes premiered at Berlinale Panorama Special in 2008 and later on participated at numerous international film festivals and winning awards. Stefan ‘s second feature As Far As I Can Walk (2021) premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF winning 5 awards including Gran Prix Crystal Globe.

Synopsis:

Strahinya and his wife, Ababuo, left Ghana at the beginning of the migrant crisis. They managed to reach Germany but were deported back to Belgrade. Serbia may not be Germany, but Strahinya does his best to start a new life. He works hard to secure asylum, trying out as a football player for a local club and working as a volunteer for the Red Cross. The process, however, is lengthy and Ababuo, a passionate woman aspiring to become an actress in London, feels unfulfilled in their life.


One night, a new group of Syrian refugees arrive. One of them is Ali, a charismatic left-wing activist. Ababuo initially mocks him, but, the very next day, leaves with him, providing no explanation. Strahinya sets off along the Balkan migrant route for completely different reasons: for love. A re-imagining of the medieval Serbian epic poem Banovich Strahinya in which contemporary African migrants take the place of Serbian national heroes. Urgent and timeless at the same time, this adaptation raises questions about identity, tradition, race and love.