One Step Behind the Seraphim

A 15-year-old who wants to become a priest is admitted to a Romanian Orthodox seminary, only to realize that the system is rotten. Trying to fit in but eventually caught in a power struggle between a two-faced priest (the ever excellent Vlad Ivanov, also seen in Dogs and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and a crooked secular teacher, the student-turned-rebel learns that lying, cheating, and betraying are the tools he has to acquire in order to survive the abusive institution. Inspired by first-time director Daniel Sandu’s experience in a similar seminary, this is a captivating coming-of-age movie of epic proportions with an ambivalent religious twist.

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Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, 10570
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Monday, December 3, 2018
Times: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Presenter: Jacob Burns Film Center
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Presented in partnership with the Romanian Film Initiative. Lead support is provided by The Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Romanian National Film Center, and the Filmmakers Union of Romania.