Foreigners with our citizenship (2): In Belgrade as at home


FRIEND AND RELATIVE: President Vučić handed over the documents to Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes is also in the wave of celebrities from show business who were interested in the Serbian passport. The British actor became a citizen of Serbia because, as the Prime Minister Ana Brnabić pointed out in 2017, he promoted our country and culture in the best possible way in the world. At that time, photographs and recordings of Fiennes posing with a Serbian passport and ID card handed to him by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, were published in the media. After obtaining the Serbian passport, Fiennes said that he learned from his Serbian friends how faithful, helpful and kind Serbs are.

– I traveled a lot and built bridges between people, but I didn’t have this feeling of belonging and support everywhere. I was there seven years ago and I felt strong support, but not only: “Ooo, welcome”, but also in my work in general. I work with the Serbian team and I feel a great commitment, which is your great quality – Fiennes pointed out at the time.

At the Munich Film Festival, when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award a few years ago, in a conversation with German journalists, he joked about Brexit, saying that in the current political situation he would rather be a Serb than a British.

– Serbia wants to join the European Union, and we are leaving it. If I keep my Serbian passport, maybe I could become an EU citizen again – said Fiennes and added that he received Serbian honorary citizenship with great pleasure.

Since 2007, when he first came to Belgrade in search of locations for his directorial debut “Coriolanus”, he often returned to our region, primarily for work. Namely, the famous Briton made several films in our country, and the last one he made was “White Crow”, which testifies to the life of Rudolf Nureyev, the greatest ballet star of the 20th century. In the final episode of the film, Fiennes’ gratitude to President Aleksandar Vučić was also emphasized.

– Nobody asked me how I made this film, and I would not have made it without Belgrade and the production company York in Progress. This city and the government have given us incredible support. Without Belgrade, this film would not exist, and know that this city and this country have large capacities for making films. If you don’t know, and you live here, you have great opportunities to make international films. That is why we are very grateful to you for that – he said on the eve of the film’s premiere at the 2019 Fest.

Frequent guest of the Fest

Fiennes is one of the most frequent guests of the Fest in recent years, and he is also the winner of the Belgrade Winner Award.

– I am a little sad because one extraordinary time we spent here is over, and I am happy because it was a great experience. It was my first film and I met a lot of wonderful people who supported me. I feel great energy coming back. I can feel it on the street. Vitality is felt. I can’t explain what, but it feels good – said Fiennes after the end of the shooting of the movie “Coriolanus”, based on Shakespeare’s play.

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