A Holy Place

(1990)
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Sveto mesto (A Holy Place, 1990) is based on a literary classic, Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story, 'Viy'. However, Kadijevic uses it only as a starting point for his own explorations into the dark side of eroticism. Gogol's story deals with Toma, a reluctant theology student who is forced to read the Psalms over an (un)dead girl for three nights in a row. All the while supernatural forces are trying to grab him from the Holy Circle drawn on the church floor. Kadijevic adapts and enriches 'Viy' by inventing a new backstory for the witch-girl and her father. The dead girl, Catherine (unwittingly killed in the prologue, while in the shape of a hag), is referred to as a 'saint' and her father is a harsh and unpleasant man. Kadijevic departs further from the original story, and introduces an excess of perversity and horror more reminiscent of the Anglo-American gothic than the milder Slavic attempts in a similar mode.

  1. Đorđe Kadijević

    Director, Writer

  2. Nikolai Gogol

    Story

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  1. Dragan Jovanović

    Dragan Jovanović

    Pop Toma

  2. Branka Pujić

    Branka Pujić

    Katarina

  3. Aleksandar Berček

    Aleksandar Berček

    Gospodar Zupanski

  4. Mira Banjac

    Mira Banjac

    Gospodarica Zupanski

  5. Danilo Lazović

    Danilo Lazović

    Doros

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Original Title Sveto mesto

Status Released

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  • September 29, 1990
    Theatrical

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Original Language Serbian

Runtime 1h 30m

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