Metropolitan Ioannis of Thermopylae, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Penteli and Director of the Inter-Orthodox Center, attended the shooting of the film “Man of God.”
During the filming, which is taking place at the Penteli Monastery, the Metropolitan and the Abbot-Counselor of the Holy Monastery of Penteli, Archimandrite Fr. Seraphim Leventis, spoke with the actor Aris Servetalis, who plays Saint Nectarios.
It is reminded that a major film production, starring well-known foreign and Greek actors and actresses, amongst which Mickey Rourke, will mark the 100th anniversary of the falling asleep in the Lord of St. Nectarios, the most popular Saint of the Orthodox Church.
Yelena Popovic’s film “Man of God” will officially premiere in November 2020. It is about the biography of St. Nectarios, who went through a series of trials throughout his life; He was unjustly exiled, slandered for no reason, endured the hatred of his enemies but he carried on preaching the Divine Word.
The Saint has hundreds of thousands of worshippers, who travel to Aegina to venerate him. His life moved the film producer and actress Yelena Popovic – originally from Serbia -, and as an Orthodox Christian and herself, she always wanted to write a scenario that would help people think positively and overcome life’s obstacles. But she never thought she would make a film about a Saint’s life.
In 2012, while travelling, she read a book about the life of Saint Nectarios that deeply affected her. In 2013 and then in 2014 she visited Aegina and in 2015 she expressed the idea of making a film about the life of the Saint to the abbot of a monastery in Arizona. The film is now expected to have its premiere within a few months with the possible contribution of Sony Russia.
Aris Servetalis will play the role of Saint Nectarios. Other actors and actresses, who will play in the film are Mickey Rourke, Kariofylia Karabeti, Giannis Stankoglou, Nikitas Tsakiroglou, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Alexander Petrov and others.