The documentary film that the renowned Serbian film director made about his father, who was the prisoner of the Mauthausen concentration camp, will officially open this year’s documentary film festival Beldocs.
The feature documentary film (95 minutes long), “The Line of Life” about the painter Milos Bajic and his life and art during the Second World War will officially open the upcoming Beldocs Festival on May 8th at the Kombank Dvorana. The film was directed by Darko Bajic, son of Milos Bajic.
After finishing the first year at a Belgrade art school, Milos Bajic (1915-1995) joined the partisan movement in early 1941 near Valjevo. In 1942, he was arrested and taken to the Banjica concentration camp, after which he was transferred to the Mauthausen concentration camp.
After his release, he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, where he soon became a professor. He was a member of the art groups ‘The Independents’ and ‘The December Group’ who were opposed to the social realism in art. Milos Bajic was the first abstract painter in his generation.
“I thought long and hard about making this film. I am aware that films about artists can be rather boring, but first and foremost, I wanted to make a film about my father. I thought about how his drawings and destiny brought me to what I am today, an artist and a film director. Is the instinct for survival equal to the instinct for creativity? Is it a flight from reality or the only reality that survives in the soul of man?” Darko Bajic says.
At Mauthausen, Milos Bajic hid his drawings in an empty fire extinguisher. His drawings from Mauthausen are not only an individual testimony about the detainees’ sufferings but also as evidence that he used at the trial of the fugitive Nazis many years later. Milos Bajic exhibited these drawings in Belgrade in 1967.
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