The refusal of the Ministry of Culture to provide a rental certificate for the series "Monastery" was supported by the ROC as corresponding to the "spirit of the presidential decree" on strengthening traditional values. According to Vakhtang Kipshidze, deputy chairman of the synodal department of the Moscow Patriarchate, "The Monastery" represents the life of Russian monasticism in a "defamatory way."
“The decision of the Ministry of Culture seems to us to be in the spirit of the execution of the presidential decree concerning the preservation and strengthening of traditional Russian spiritual and moral values, which states that “Orthodoxy plays a special role in the formation and strengthening of traditional values,” wrote Mr. Kipshidze in his Telegram.
He clarified that he did not see in the picture signs of a crime under a criminal article on insulting the feelings of believers. “But on the other hand, it (the series) contains, for example, scenes of LGBT relations, for the prohibition of the propaganda of which the Russian Church has consistently advocated,” the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church said in a message.
Vakhtang Kipshidze said that in the summer of 2022, the creators of the series contacted him on the issue of coordinating filming in one of the monasteries, but representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church refused the film crew because of the content of the picture. As a result, the series was filmed in the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, which is a museum by status. At the same time, Mr. Kipshidze noted that the Russian Orthodox Church supports creative freedom and encourages the film community to make films about church life.
The series "Monastery", in which the main roles were played by Anastasia Ivleeva, Philip Yankovsky and Maria Mironova, was regarded Ministry of Culture as insulting religious feelings. On this basis, the film was not issued a rental certificate. The first two episodes managed to be released on the Kinopoisk platform.
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