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Religions 2017, 8(5), 87; doi:10.3390/rel8050087

Knocking on a Saint’s Door, or a Quest for Holiness in a Post-Secular Society

Philological Department, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, 10 Miklukho-Maklay Street, Moscow 117198, Russia
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Received: 23 March 2017 / Revised: 1 May 2017 / Accepted: 3 May 2017 / Published: 17 May 2017
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The article examines Successors (Nasledniki, 2015) directed by Vladimir Khotinenko, illustrating a recent trend in the Russian film-making industry, namely, a rising interest in religious topics. While the Orthodox faith is widely seen by Russian political leaders as a basic aspect of national identity, the Church is also becoming more and more visible in the life of society, with religious holidays and events now receiving a higher profile in the public domain. The article analyzes how these trends shape the public consciousness and are reflected in the cinema production of recent years. Successors, a one location movie focusing on the debate over the role of Saint Sergius of Radonezh in the history of Russia, demonstrates that this 14th-century monk is very much present in the lives and minds of people 700 years later. In turn, this suggests that, under a layer of cynicism and consumerism, there is a growing hunger for holiness in a post-secular society. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious cinema; Russian cinema; Russian Orthodox Church; post-secular society; Saint Sergius of Radonezh; Khotinenko religious cinema; Russian cinema; Russian Orthodox Church; post-secular society; Saint Sergius of Radonezh; Khotinenko
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Naydenova, N.; Ebzeeva, Y. Knocking on a Saint’s Door, or a Quest for Holiness in a Post-Secular Society. Religions 2017, 8, 87.

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