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10th Annual MACEDONIAN FILM FESTIVAL
 
The festival was held on October 22-25, 2015, at: Carlton Cinema Theatre - Toronto
Milcho Manchevski MILCHO MANCHEVSKI : A RETROSPECTIVE

The New York Times included Milcho Manchevski’s film Before the Rain on its “1,000 Best Films Ever Made” list. Before the Rain also won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI and Independent Spirit, along with 30 other awards, including an Oscar nomination. Manchevski has directed 50 short forms, three other features (Dust, Shadows and Mothers) and an episode of HBO’s The Wire. He has also won awards for his short (Thursday), experimental (1.73), music video (MTV and Billboard for Tennessee) and commercial (Macedonia Timeless) work. His films are part of the curricula at a number of universities worldwide.

Manchevski has published books of fiction, essays and photographs; he has also taught extensively, most notably as the Head of the Directing Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts: Graduate Film and at VGIK in Moscow where he was awarded an honorary doctorate.

All of Manchevski's films have won international awards. They have screened at more than two hundred festivals, and have been distributed in close to 50 countries (theatrically, TV, cable and video).


Before the Rain BEFORE THE RAIN

Time Never Dies. The Circle Is Not Round.

Genre: Drama
Released: 1994
Running time: 113 minutes

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski
Producers: Judy Counihan, Cedomir Colar, Sam Taylor and Cat Villiers
Leading roles: Katrin Cartlidge, Rade Serbedzija, Gregoire Colin, Labina Mitevska...

Warning: Violence and sexuality

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Brief Synopsis:

Three love stories bend time and space in contemporary London and Macedonia. The characters and events intertwine to paint a deeply moving portrait of the effects of war on heart, spirit, and home. The New York Times calls it one of the best 1,000 films ever made.

Dust DUST

Where Does Your Voice Go When You’re No More?

Genre: Drama
Released: 2001
Running time: 127 minutes

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski
Producers: Chris Auty, Domenico Procacci
Leading roles: Joseph Fiennes, David Wenham, Adrian Lester, Anne Brochet, Rosemary Murphy...

Warning: Violence

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Brief Synopsis:

Two Wild West cowboys, a New York burglar, a pregnant Macedonian peasant, a ruthless komita and a 97-yr-old woman with an odd sense of humor cross paths in a story of love, revolution and redemption that spans two continents and three centuries. Even Sigmund Freud and Corto Maltese make cameo appearances.

Shadows SHADOWS

Sometimes The Dead Speak Louder Than The Living.

Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 2007
Running time: 120 minutes

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski
Producers: Milcho Manchevski, Amedeo Pagani, Corinna Mehner, Nermin Gladers, Martin Husmann, Dimitar Gochev, Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky
Leading roles: Borce Nacev, Vesna Stanojevska, Sabina Ajrula-Tozija, Salaetin Bilal, Ratka Radmanovic, Filareta Atanasova, Dime Iliev, Vladimir Jacev...

Warning: Nudity and sexuality; Frightening scenes

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Brief Synopsis:

Dr. Lazar Perkov has it all – the good looks, the gorgeous wife, the doting mother, the sweetest son, the family riches. Still, something’s off. After he survives a deadly crash, strange people start showing up. They all have the same message: “Return what’s not yours”.

Mothers MOTHERS

The Truth Hurts.

Genre: Drama
Released: 2007
Running time: 120 minutes

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski
Producers: Christina Kallas
Leading roles: Ana Stojanovska, Ratka Radmanovic, Salaetin Bilal... and the people of Kichevo

Warning: Nudity, violence, mature subject matter

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Brief Synopsis:

Young girls falsely report a flasher to the police. Filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village: an estranged brother and sister. Retired cleaning women are found raped and murdered in a small town. Truth and fiction lead to tragedy in joy in this daring exploration of the boundaries of film form.

Thursday THURSDAY
Venice 2013, Future Reloaded 70

Life Is Elsewhere

Genre: Short, Drama
Released: 2013
Running time: 90 seconds

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski
Producers: Gerald Herman, Aaron Levine
Leading roles: Laura Lassy, Ewen Avery

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Brief Synopsis:

Masses moving across the sweltering concrete, to the glass towers and into the subway mouths, eyes glued to the little screens, inhaling the images from halfway around the globe, oblivious to the life at their own feet.

Aleksandar Popovski ALEKSANDAR POPOVSKI

Aleksandar Popovski was born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1969. He graduated from the University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje, with a BA in Film and Drama.

His first professional debut was in the theatre in 1992, where he directed a play written by the Macedonian author Dejan Dukovski.
He started his film career in 1993 with the film omnibus “LIGHT GRAY” (Mitrevski – Popovski – Janicievic), produced by TRFZ Pegaz, Macedonia.
In 1995, he co-directed the TV series “BOO, YOU TAILORS!” with Darko Mitrevski, produced by the Macedonian National Television.
In 1998, he co-directed the film “GOODBYE 20TH CENTURY” with Darko Mitrevski, produced by First Partizans Production, Macedonia. This film participated in film festivals in Stockholm, Barcelona, Puerto Rico, CINEQUEST – San Francisco, Dresden, New York, Helsinki, Zurich, Calcutta, FEST Belgrade, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Cottbus, Tromso, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Rome, Milan, Brussels, Stuttgart. It was awarded Melies D’Argent at the Helsinki Film Festival for the best European film in the field of the fantastic, B – Movie Award at the New York Film Festival for the best editing and the best set design, King Nobel at the First Internet Film Festival – Brussel, and the FantaFestival – Roma for the best actor.
In 2008 Aleksandar Popovski directed the short film “METAMORPHOSES”, co-produced by Kino Oko Production and Partysans Production.

His film “BALKAN IS NOT DEAD”, produced by Kino Oko Production, is currently in post-production.


Balkan is not Dead BALKAN IS NOT DEAD

It Is Not A Question Of Freedom Or Death. It Is A Question Of Love Or Heat.

Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Released: 2013
Running time: 109 minutes

Director: Aleksandar Popovski
Screenplay: Dejan Dukovski
Producers: Robert Naskov, Robert Jazadziski
Leading roles: Nikola Ristanovski, Dragana Kostadinovska, Natasa Tapuskovic, Jordan Simonov... Special guest: Rade Serbedzija

Warning: Mature subject matter

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Brief Synopsis:

This is a story of love and loss, of betrayal and revenge in the time of the Ottoman Empire. A young Turkish soldier in Monastir (Turkish name for Bitola), Mustafa Kemal, later known as Kemal Ataturk, falls in love with a Macedonian girl, Eleni, whose father opposes their marriage. She resigns herself to waiting, and after the death of her father, she is left alone with her younger brother, Duko, and her sister, Andja. After Andja’s fiance is murdered by a Turk, Andja is kidnapped and held against her will in a harem. Loyalties are shattered and family bonds are strained as an empire crumbles and the sisters learn that the only true meaning of life is love.

Juanita Wilson JUANITA WILSON

Juanita Wilson is an Irish born writer and director. She is known for "As If I Am Not There" (2010), "The Door" (2008) and "Tomato Red" (2016). Her films have been screened at prominent film festivals worldwide. For the film "The Door", she was nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Short Film, Live Action.

The film "As If I Am Not There" won 6 IFTA Awards and 4 more IFTA nominations. The film was also awarded on the Istanbul International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.


As if I am Not There AS IF I AM NOT THERE

A Modern War Story Of Strength, Survival, And Human Connection.

Genre: Drama
Released: 2010
Running time: 109 minutes

Director: Juanita Wilson
Screenplay: Juanita Wilson
Producer: Nathalie Lichtenthaeler
Leading roles: Natasha Petrovic, Stellan Skarsgard, Fedja Stukan, Jelena Jovanova...

Warning: Violence, sexual content

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Brief Synopsis:

In the midst of the Bosnian War, Samira, a young teacher from Sarajevo, takes a job teaching in a small village. Her life changes in an instant when she and the other villagers are rounded up by soldiers and taken away to a camp. The men are killed, while Samira and the other women are subjected to the most brutal and inhuman treatment imaginable. Samira is forced to make difficult choices in order to survive this harsh reality.

Sashko Potter Micevski SASHKO POTTER MICEVSKI

Sashko Potter Micevski is a film editor, documentary director and a sound designer, born in Shtip, Macedonia, on 28th May 1990. In 2008 he started a Film and TV editing course at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in the class of prof. Dimitar Grbevski, accredited by the St. Cyrilus and Methodius university in Skopje. His graduation film, the short documentary (Extra)terrestrial Lee won two awards on international festivals, best editing in India and best documentary film in Serbia. The film gained really wide media attention and an audience that still spreads the popularity of the film. After his graduation, Sashko gained working experience as sound and picture editor. His work as a picture editor include short films like On our way Home, In Absentia, Call me Barbara. As an sound editor he worked on several Macedonian and international feature films like To the Hilt, The Piano Room, Three days in September, The Hero and so on.

Sashko is currently in his first year at the National film and television school in the UK (which is currently ranged as the best international film school in the world, according to Hollywood reporter magazine), doing a MA Sound design for Film and TV course. Also he is working as a director on a new short documentary called “We are all going to die”.


(Extra)terrestrial Lee (EXTRA)TERRESTRIAL LEE

The Secrets Of The Universe Are Only Known By God.

Genre: Short, documentary
Released: 2014
Running time: 21 minutes

Director: Sashko Potter Micevski
Screenplay: Sashko Potter Micevski
Producer: Lazar Sekulovski, Ilija Ciriviri
Leading role: Miki Li Trajchevski

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Brief Synopsis:

In this short documentary, we get to know Miki Lee Trajchevski, a homeless man from Shtip, Macedonia. An enigmatic, likeable character, who is extraordinary yet humble, wise yet eccentric. He, along with other residents of Shtip, discuss UFO sightings in the area, the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe, and the humanity of our planet.

Ed Gaffney ED GAFFNEY

Ed Gaffney teaches genocide studies and international humanitarian law at Valparaiso University. He is the producer-director-writer of Empty Boxcars (on mass murder and mass rescue during the Shoah in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Greece), and Holy Land: Common Ground (on Israeli and Palestinian peace-builders). He has written many legal briefs about restitution of Nazi-looted art. His current projects are From Teaching Contempt to Honoring Elder Brothers and Sisters: Jews and Christians Before and After Vatican II; and War and Peace: Materials on History, Moral Reasoning and International Law on Misuse of Armed Force.

Empty Boxcars EMPTY BOXCARS

“He Who Saves A Single Person, It Is As Though He Saved The Entire Universe” – Talmud Sanhedrin

Genre: Documentary, Biography, History
Released: 2011
Running time: 83 minutes

Director: Ed Gaffney
Screenplay: Ed Gaffney
Producer: Ed Gaffney
Leading role: Serifa Dela Cruz, Sabi Tchimino, Rabbi Haim Asa, Yakov Aroesti, Jamila Kolomonos...

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Brief Synopsis:

EMPTY BOXCARS is a story of mass murder and rescue. In 1943 Bulgarian police and soldiers rounded up 11,393 Jews in Macedonia and Greece, and deported them to the death camp in Treblinka. As the dirty secret became public, church leaders and labor leaders, lawyers and doctors, writers and politicians rose up in protest. Over 50,000 Bulgarian Jews survived the war. The film narrates a story of ordinary people acting courageously in extraordinary times to save the lives of strangers.

Nebojsha Jovanovik NEBOJSHA JOVANOVIK

Nebojsa Jovanovic was born in Skopje, Macedonia, where he completed his primary and secondary school. During his high school, he was attracted by film art. That period he tried to express himself through the film art, becoming an active member of the film club "EDWOOD". Within this workshop he worked on the development and realization of several amateur documentaries and feature films. Later within the same workshop he produced and directed the short documentary "Storming", which is shown at the International Film Festival "Brothers Manaki" in 1997. The same year Nebojsa began to cooperate with Sitel TV to develop a documentary and feature film production. As a result is the short documentary "Daniel" which was made with his idea and scenario, and later be screened in the official selection of the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic and received an award.

In 2014 he wrote the screenplay for the short fiction film "Unripe cherries" and later the same year with help of the staff and resources of several major Macedonian production firms as Quasar, FX3X, Filmtrick and Macedonian Radio and Television he produced and directed it as an independent project.


Unripe Cherries UNRIPE CHERRIES

An Encapsulated Portrait Of Civil Unrest Set In 2001.

Genre: Short, Drama
Released: 2014
Running time: 16 minutes

Director: Nebojsha Jovanovik
Screenplay: Nebojsha Jovanovik
Producer: Blagoja Nedelkovski, Nebojsha Jovanovikj
Leading role: Dushica Stojanovska, Kole Angelovski, Izabela Novotni, Elizabeta Stefanovska, Gjorgji Todorovski Trupce...


      

Brief Synopsis:

In Macedonia, at a time of civil war, a group of people from differing religious and ethnic communities must travel together in one train compartment. The atmosphere is tense as the group waits for the latest news on negotiations between Macedonian security forces and Albanian terrorists.
Actor Kole Angelovski returns to the screen for the first time in 15 years, playing the part of the elderly Serbian patriot.


Ivo Trajkov IVO TRAJKOV

Ivo was born in Skopje, Macedonia and graduated from FAMU in Prague. Upon graduation he decided to stay in Prague and start his career in the Czech Republic. His filmography as a director/screenwriter includes 5 feature-length films for which he received numerous awards. He works in a wide range of genres: comedy, docudrama, experimental films, and historical drama. As a producer, Ivo Trajkov was involved in more than 60 episodes of a critically acclaimed documentary series “Unexplained Deaths”.

Honey Night HONEY NIGHT

Marriage Is A Political Thriller.

Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 2015
Running time: 86 minutes

Director: Ivo Trajkov
Screenplay: Ivo Trajkov
Producer: Robert Jazadziski
Leading role: Nikola Ristanovski, Verica Nedeska, Aleksandar Mikic, Branko Beninov, Mitko Apostolovski, Sabina Ajrula, Igor Angelov, Krystof Hadek, Jitka Schneiderova...

Warning: Adult subject matter

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Brief Synopsis:

One night in the early 90’s, as the Republic of Macedonia celebrates its recent independence, the lives of Deputy Minister Nikola and his wife, Ana, ignite in the midst of a political scandal and the anger and frustration in their marriage. As the night wears on, the tension escalates, secrets are revealed, and it comes to light that the couple are not alone in their home.

Petro Aleksowski PETRO ALEKSOWSKI

Petro Aleksowski is a Polish-Macedonian director with numerous documentary and TV credits to his name.

The Macedonian THE MACEDONIAN

Some Wounds Never Heal.

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2013
Running time: 46 minutes

Director: Petro Aleksowski
Screenplay: Petro Aleksowski
Producer: Barbara Aleksowska, Petro Aleksowski

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Brief Synopsis:

In this poignant documentary, Petro Aleksowski traces the footsteps of his father, Mito, who was one of over 1700 Macedonian children evacuated to Poland during the Greek Civil War. Today, Mito, who still lives in Poland, is without a citizenship and he feels like a stranger everywhere.

Cynthia Helen Pandev CYNTHIA HELEN PANDEV

Pay Your Interns! is Cynthia’s directorial debut. She also produced, shot and edited the documentary and hopes that the film inspires and encourages young workers to speak out against free labour in the form of illegal unpaid internships.

Cynthia has worked in post production as a professional editor for over 20 years. Her advertising clients include many corporate giants in Canada as well as the Ontario Government. Cynthia has edited numerous television documentaries and films, which have aired on major networks, including Discovery USA and the National Geographic Channel. Cynthia was one of the first foreign editors to work in Bulgaria on a feature film co-production between Nu Boyana Film Studios, Britain, and Canada.

Pandev has also worked alongside the filmmaker Ann Petrie, who won an Emmy for her documentary “Mother Theresa”, Cynthia’s cut of the feature doc, "David Murray: “A Sculptor with Sound", was awarded a Gold plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. Cynthia edited a "Thelma & Louise" tribute film, which was presented at Roy Thomson Hall to a sold out crowd as part of the film’s 20th anniversary celebration.


Pay Your Interns! PAY YOUR INTERNS!

Canadian Premiere

Money Is Not The Root Of All Evil – Illegal Unpaid Internships Are!

Genre: Short, Documentary
Released: 2015
Running time: 45 minutes

Director: Cynthia Helen Pandev
Screenplay: Cynthia Helen Pandev
Producer: Cynthia Helen Pandev

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Brief Synopsis:

"Pay Your Interns!" is an unapologetic critique of the shady practice of Canadian employers turning a blind eye to the Employment Standards Act by "hiring" interns to perform the work of a "paid" employee. The film delivers information and ideas in a cheeky way by juxtaposing archival footage against interviews with advocates, unpaid interns, protesters and people on the street. The film's message is clear: Pay Your Interns!

Boris Malagurski BORIS MALAGURSKI

Boris Malagurski, born in Yugoslavia in 1988, is a Serbian-Canadian film producer and director. His previous films include Kosovo: Can You Imagine? and The Weight of Chains, while his work was shown in theaters across Australia, Canada and the United States, as well as film festivals in London (Raindance), Belgrade (Beldocs), Havana, Toronto, Ann Arbor, East Sarajevo, and many others.

He is the recipient of the 2009 Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, the Best Film award at the BC Days Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver, the Young Authors of Europe award at the Palic International Film Festival and many other awards.


Weight of Chains 2 THE WEIGHT OF CHAINS 2

Every Generation Needs A Revolution.

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2014
Running time: 124 minutes

Director: Boris Malagurski
Screenplay: Boris Malagurski
Producer: Boris Malagurski
Leading role: Noam Chomsky, Carla Del Ponte, Mladan Dinkic, Ivo Josipovic, Miroslav Lazanski, Igor Mandic, Oliver Stone...

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Brief Synopsis:

"The Weight Of Chains 2" is the sequel to the controversial documentary directed by Boris Malagurski. Through a series of interviews with figures such as Noam Chomsky, Vuk Jeremic, and John Hawthorne, this film explores the reasons why the people living in the former Yugoslavia continue to face difficult social and economic conditions and how to move forward.

 

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