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One Step Behind the Seraphim

June 2 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Set within a Romanian Orthodox seminary, One Step Behind the Seraphim tells a coming-of-age tale about a principled priest (Stefan Iancu) who for the first time in his young life encounters the dark corruption of the material world, largely in the person of the two-faced Father Ivan (Vlad Ivanov). Gabriel discovers that Father Ivan is an amiable con artist engaged in malicious power plays to advance his own aims. Director Daniel Sandu based his story on his own early experience within a similar seminary. Interestingly, his portrayal of abusive boarding school regimens recalls similar treatments found in Jean Vigo’s classic Zéro de conduite (1933) and Lindsay Anderson’s If…. (1968). “Religion plays very little part here as it’s been smothered by the organized Church, and Sandu is clearly bitter at an institution that corrupts those with genuine faith and a sense of their calling” — Jay Weissberg. (Daniel Sandu, 2018, subtitles, 147 minutes)

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