I Am Jesus
Valerie Gudenus, Heloisa Sartorato, Italy, 2010.
Directed by: Valerie Gudenus, Heloisa Sartorato
Producer: Babak Payami
Production company: Fabrica spa
Cinematography: Valerie Gudenus, Heloisa Sartorato
Editing: Pablo Pastor
Music: Francesco Novara
Running time: 75'
Film portrays three communities that have formed around different characters claiming to be the Second Coming of Christ. An organic farming community in Siberia has evolved around a charismatic, but introvert man called Vissarion. His teachings focus on developing a society prepared to survive in a scarce future. In Brazil INRI Cristo, a simple but educated man has become a media phenomenon. While appearing in almost every TV show of the country he has built a safe haven for his mainly female followers. David Shayler is a former secret service agent in the UK who has become spiritual after going to prison. He is part of a young squatting community fighting capitalism and rejecting the system. The documentary shows the everyday life of each community and explores differences and similarities between them while raising questions about leadership and spiritual belonging.
Valerie Gudenus, born in Austria, 1984, studied graphic design and advertising at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She spent one semester in Brisbane, Australia where she discovered her passion for film and video, working on animations, music videos and a short documentary. She graduated from university in 2008. 'I am Jesus' is her first feature film.
Heloisa Sartorato, born in Brazil, 1984, studied Radio and TV Communication Sciences at the Universidade Metodista in São Paulo. Afterwards she worked as production assistant and director assistant at the film production company Cinemacentro Filmes. 'I am Jesus' is her first feature film.
Location and screening schedule:
EUROPA cinema, Monday, October 18th at 9.00
Tu┼íkanac cinema, Monday, October 18th at 18.00
Dokukino Croatia, Tuesday, October 19th at 21.00