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11th Annual MACEDONIAN FILM FESTIVAL
 
The festival was held on October 22-23, 2016, at: Carlton Cinema Theatre - Toronto
Darko Mitrevski DARKO MITREVSKI

Darko Mitrevski was born on October 3, 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia and he is living in Los Angeles, California. His list of feature films includes Goodbye, 20th Century!, Bal-Can-Can, and The Third Half.

The Third Half THE THIRD HALF

Showtime: October 23rd, 2016 - 3:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

Genre: Feature - Drama, History, Romance
Released: 2012
Running time: 113 minutes

Director: Darko Mitrevski
Screenplay: Grgur Strujic, Darko Mitrevski
Producers: Robert Naskov, Darko Mitrevski
Leading roles: Sashko Kocev, Katarina Ivanovska, Richard Sammel, Rade Sherbedzija, Emil Ruben, Mitko S. Apostolovski...

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About the film:

The Third Half (Macedonian: Òðåòî Ïîëóâðåìå) is a Macedonian-Czech-Serbian film that deals with Macedonian football during World War II, and the deportation of Jews from Macedonia. It is a story of love during wartime and a country's passion for soccer. The government of Macedonia considered the movie of national interest and funded it with one million euros.

The film was inspired by the true story of the FC Macedonia football team. The Jewish coach Illes Spitz and Neta Koen (current name Marija Mladenovska) Mladenovska is a Macedonian Holocaust survivor. In 1998 the Shoah Foundation interviewed her.


Goran Trenchovski GORAN TRENCHOVSKI

Goran Trenchovski is director, writer, artistic leader, founder of Òiberiopolian Film Alliance AsterFest, lecturer, humanist. Graduated film and theatre directing at the prestigious Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Lived and researched for one year in Prague. He directed numerous TV and film projects in different genres and forms as well as stage performances and a number of plays and scripts by both classical and contemporary authors. His directions are screened, staged and awarded on festivals in many countries. His debut feature film is "Golden Five".

Golden Five GOLDEN FIVE

Showtime: October 23rd, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. (Theatre #9)

North American Premiere

Genre: Feature - Drama
Released: 2016
Running time: 93 minutes

Director: Goran Trenchovski
Screenplay: Biljana Garvanlieva, Bratislav Tashkovski, Goran Trenchovski, Eleonora Veninova
Producer: Dejan Miloshevski
Leading roles: Slavko Stimac, Meto Jovanovski, Petre Arsovski...

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About the film:

Maki, Kata and Jiji are loyal friends who believe in their youthful ideals. However, when Maki and Kata announce their engagement, Jiji becomes jealous. In the period of communist liquidations, there is an unsolved murder of five students, one of them being Maki. A half century later, Alavantie, as a witness and a researcher, returns to his homeland with the "Golden Five" dossier. His secrets and knowledge bring additional tension in Kata's and Jiji's married life. - Written by Goran Trenchovski
Jani Bojadzi JANI BOJADZI

Jani Bojadzi mostly produced his own films and television projects. But he`s also a producer of many television productions of Chanel 5 TV Macedonia of fiction, documentary, shows and other departments. He`s also a producer of Vasil Mihail`s film "Pagliacci" and producer of the TV serial "Stories from Macedonia" as producer in Chanel 5 TV Macedonia in the fiction and documentary production department.

Jani Bojadzi, 1970, born in Strumica, Macedonia in family of refuges from civil war in Greece. High Sholl finished in Macedonia & Academy for theater & film art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Jani Bojadzi work in film, theatre & television as writer, producer & director. He’s a actual Executive Producer of National television Chanel 5 in Skopje.


True Love TRUE LOVE

Showtime: October 23rd, 2016 - 8:00 p.m. (Theatre #9)

Genre: Feature
Released: 2016
Running time: 110 minutes

Director: Jani Bojadzi
Screenplay: Sashko Nasev
Producer: Jani Bojadzi
Leading roles: Blagoja Chorevski, Katina Ivanova, Borche Nachev, Irena Ilievska, Nina Levi...

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About the film:

1939, right before the beginning of the Second World War in Europe. Aco, young, handsome lawyer from Veles, Macedonia, far on the south of the Balkans, lives his days as a bachelor. Everything would have been perfect, if he wasn’t the only son in the wealthy family of Pingo. His mother, Ruzha wants her son to get married and she thinks that the best way to make her wish come true is through his father, noble Vaso Pingo. But neither Aco wants to get married, neither Vaso knows how to persuade him to do that. Everything would be fine, if it wasn’t a turbulent, serious and unpredictable times, such as the young lawyer Aco. He is an educated and selfassured person, that can’t surpass over his own identity, so he refuses to get married to a Mayor’s daughter, a Serbian immigrant in Macedonia, that doesn’t recognize the existance of Macedonian people.But, life is perfect, so in the same time, young, romantic and beautiful peasant Nade, that left the school to take care of her father that is a widower, in one stormy night that brings Aco in their house, falls in love with him. As well as Aco. Because Nade is beautiful, modest, smart, and she loves the poetry of great macedonian poet Kocho Racin, whose verses Aco carries along all the time. And, there is the true love. True in the very moment when Aco and Nade decide to emmigrate to Canada, because Aco couldn’t agree that one injustice would be replaced wih another!
Slobodan Despotovski SLOBODAN DESPOTOVSKI



Golden Five BE LOYAL

Showtime: October 23rd, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. (Theatre #8)

World Premiere

Genre: Feature
Released: 2015
Running time: 86 minutes

Director: Slobodan Despotovski
Screenplay: Slobodan Despotovski
Producers: Slobodan Despotovski, Dejan Iliev
Leading roles: Gorast Cvetkovski, Dime Ilijev, Katerina Sehtanska, Goce Todorovski, Senko Velinov...

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About the film:

Be Loyal (Macedonian, original title: Çáîð) is a story about a man who knows no law or faith. Arno gave his word to always help his friend Gordy, and he does so in his own violent way. Arno abides by only one rule: his promise - the only thing, according to him, that distinguishes humans from animals.
Vlado Cvetanovski VLADO CVETANOVSKI

Vlado Cvetanovski graduated from the Art Academy in Novi Sad. He worked at the Department for Inter-media Directing and was employed as a professor of acting at the Faculty of Drama Art. He has directed about fifty plays in Macedonian theatres and in Former Yugoslavia. His plays participated in all more significant festivals, where they got the highest prizes (Sterijno Pozorje, MESS, Vojdan Cernodrinski, Ohridsko Leto/Ohrid Summer Festival/, etc.).

His plays have been performed in many cities (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sofia, Sarajevo, Paris, Petersburg, Cairo, Cannes, Kishinev). He participated in many symposiums and workshops in the country and throughout the world.


The Secret Book THE SECRET BOOK

Showtime: October 22rd, 2016 - 3:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

Genre: Feature
Released: 2006
Running time: 93 minutes

Director: Vlado Cvetanovski
Screenplay: Ljube Cvetanovski, Jordan Plevnesh
Producer: Dimitar Nikolov
Leading roles: Gjorgji Jolevski, Meto Jovanovski, Vlado Jovanovski, Labina Mitevska



      

About the film:

No event in the medieval history of the Balkans has attracted more interest and investigation than the Bogomil spiritual movement. And one of the most sought after artifacts is the mysterious Secret Book which is said to contain an authentic outline of the Bogomil doctrine. The original of the Secret Book has not been found yet. A record from the Carcasson memoirs indicates the possibility that the Secret Book of the Bogomils originates from the Balkan region.

Because of the Secret Book, a number of scientists and investigators will meet in Macedonia to make an attempt to find and resolve the ancient mystery. Step by step, information unfolds to perhaps solve the ancient riddle.

Goce Cvetanovski GOCE CVETANOVSKI

Goce Cvetanovski is one of the emerging authors of the new wave of Macedonian film directors. Since 1998 he lives in Paris, France, where he studied cinema at the University of Paris 8.

His production studio “Makedonska Krepost” was founded in Macedonia in 2002. He has directed a number of short films (screened on over 80 film festivals in the world), documentary films, music videos and TV commercials. He also gives a creative workshop at the film academy ESRA Skopje and writes for the comic book industry. In 2014 he’s co-founder of the comic books publishing company “Komic Brew” based in Scotland, UK.


Child in the World CHILD IN THE WORLD

Showtime: October 22nd, 2016 - 8:00 p.m. (Theatre #9)

North American Premiere

Genre: Documentary, Biography
Released: 2015
Running time: 78 minutes

Director: Goce Cvetanovski
Screenplay: Andrej Cvetanovski
Producers: Vlado Cvetanovski, Ljube Cvetanovski
Principal Cast: Trajanka Cvetanovska, Jordan Plevnes

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About the film:

"Child in the World" is a biographical film about Ljube Cvetanovski, the most famous Macedonian travelogue maker.

The idea is to tell the intimate human story about a child raised in a remote mountain village in Macedonia, that as an adult traveled around the world. During his travels, he sees, comments and compares all the differences and similarities between the Macedonian and world culture, civilization and customs, with poetics and humor combined in the form of this ambitious documentary.

Jelena Cvetanovskà JELENA CVETANOVSKA



Female Stories FEMALE STORIES

Showtime: October 22nd, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2005
Running time: 37 minutes

Director: Jelena Cvetanovska
Producer: Vlado Cvetanovski

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About the film:

In traditional folk stories, women are stubborn, quarrelsome, shrewd, envious, evil and unfaithful. They are to face punishment. On the other hand, a meek, good and devoted woman is always rewarded at the end, after all the suffering. What about real life?

The documentary presents the life histories of six old women living in different villages in Macedonia. Through their stories, initiated and mediated by a woman anthropologist, the audience enters into the world of childhood, love and jealousy, marriage, maternity, friendship, dreams and rituals. Memories and emotions connected to them emerge in front of the camera, which becomes a witness of a lively and sincere exchange of female experiences. The viewers have access to the most intimate parts of their lives – from the death of the mother in the childhood, first love and the wedding night to the complex sphere of marital relations, including physical maltreatment. Being different characters, their attitudes and reactions are unique. Some of them resign to their destiny, while others fight for personal freedom, neglecting traditional norms regarding behavior of women.

Vencislav Ristov VENCISLAV RISTOV



Do Not Touch It With Dirty Hands DO NOT TOUCH WITH DIRTY HANDS

Showtime: October 23rd, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

North American Premiere

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2014
Running time: 52 minutes

Director: Vencislav Ristov
Screenplay: Gena Teodosievska
Producer: Bogdan Jonchevski
Principal Cast: Tanas Lulovski






      

About the film:

The excitement of the need for artistic expression, een in the toughest and saddest moments in the life of artist Tanas Lulovski. Those who knew him respected his undeniably great talent and his work, which is certainly part of our national artistic cultural heritage. The the only intereview of Tanas, he reveals his desires, fears, artistic concept of “white” and the suffering of his family from his native Zhelevo, Macedonia through Yugoslavia to Bucharest and back to Macedonia. The memories are painful, but a precious gift of Tane that his daughter Jana brings with it.
GORAN VUKIK

Goran Vukik (1982) graduated film and TV editing at Faculty of dramatic arts – Skopje. Work and lives in Skopje as video editor of documentary films, short films and commercials. He has directed few mountaineering documentary films.

Films: Macedonian flag at Anapurna 1 (2016); First Ìacedonian Òraverse (2015); Alek, Koljo, Strezo and Vasil at Dufourspitze (2014); To the top (2014)



KIRIL SHENTEVSKI

Kiril Shentevski (1983) graduated film and TV shooting at Faculty of dramatic arts – Skopje. Work and lives in Skopje as a cinematographer of documentaries and short films. He has directed few documentary films.

Films: First Ìacedonian Òraverse (2015); Silver song (2013); Through the heart of Macedonia (2010)


First Macedonian Traverse FIRST MACEDONIAN TRAVERSE

Showtime: October 23rd, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

North American Premiere

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2015
Running time: 35 minutes

Director: Goran Vukik and Kiril Shentevski
Producer: Goran Vukik and Kiril Shentevski

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About the film:

First Macedonian Traverse is a film about mountain traverse in western region of Republic of Macedonia. Starting at Ljuboten peak at Shar Mountain crosses till Ohrid Lake, makes one of the most beautiful mountain trails at the Balkans and in Europe, with length of 200 km that passes through picturesque and diverse terrain at altitude above 2000 meters. Film follows the journey of the mountaineers passed the restored traverse in 2014 year, complemented with interviews of the establishers that set the basis of the route 40 years ago.
Goran Trenchovski GORAN TRENCHOVSKI

Goran Trenchovski is director, writer, artistic leader, founder of Òiberiopolian Film Alliance AsterFest, lecturer, humanist. Graduated film and theatre directing at the prestigious Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Lived and researched for one year in Prague. He directed numerous TV and film projects in different genres and forms as well as stage performances and a number of plays and scripts by both classical and contemporary authors. His directions are screened, staged and awarded on festivals in many countries. His debut feature film is "Golden Five".

Play and Save PLAY AND SAVE

Showtime: October 23rd, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. (Theatre #9)

Genre: Short
Released: 2013
Running time: 15 minutes

Director: Goran Trenchovski
Screenplay: Vase Manchev
Producer: Dejan Miloshevski
Leading roles: Kosta Angov, Zora Gjorgieva, Salaetin Bilal, Martina Taparchevska, Kostadin Drvarov






      

About the film:

Gligor, a young misfit from the country becomes marked by his instinctive need to deal with irregularities which a time-storm imposes. He recalls dramatic scenes of the past. He finally comes across an absurd ring like a new purified and transformed man devoted to his native hearth and God's salvation.
Tony Radevski TONY RADEVSKI

Tony Radevski is an independent Australian director, writer and producer of film and television. Tony attended Macquarie University and completed a Media degree in Visual Production.

He is director of the production company rntm:Runtime Pictures, and also works on commercial and communications projects. He is a professional member of the Australian Director's Guild, The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), and teaches film at tertiary institutions.


Dedo DEDO

Showtimes: October 22nd, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
(Theatre #9)


North American Premiere

Genre: Short
Released: 2016
Running time: 9 minutes

Director: Tony Radevski
Screenplay: Tony Radevski
Producer: Pete Ireland
Leading roles: Valentina Apostolovski, Aileen Beale, Luisa Hastings Edge...

Official Film Website

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About the film:

"Dedo" is a short film about a teenage boy, Connor, who receives some unexpected romantic wisdom from the most unlikely of places. It's a quirky film, that's part-comedy, part-love story, involving a group of unique, uncanny characters from the Australian-Macedonian community, set against the backdrop of a traditional Orthodox funeral.
Branko Kosteski BRANKO KOSTESKI

Branko Kosteski is a film director and writer from Skopje, Macedonia. He is a graduate of Film and Television Directing from the Varna Free University, and Screenwriting from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. Kosteski is the author of three short films “Temptation”, “Loverinth” and “Shoes”, and also screenwriter of short films like “Chicken soup”, “Mama”, “The children will come” and others. He has written three theatrical plays, “Tatoo”, “Freefall” and “Coming or going?”. Currently, he is developing his second feature-length script titled “Marble”.

Shoes SHOES

Showtime: October 22nd, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

North American Premiere

Genre: Short - Drama, Mystery
Released: 2016
Running time: 18 minutes

Director: Branko Kosteski
Screenplay: Branko Kosteski
Producer: Dejan Krajcevski
Leading roles: Blagoj Veselinov, Grigor Jovanovski, Dime Iliev, Ana Kostovska, Robert Ristov



      

About the film:

Jovan inherits shoes from his late father. From that moment on, his everyday life routine is disrupted. Jovan blames his father’s shoes for this, but the actual reason for his unfulfilled life is one crucial event from his past.
Marko Gjokovik MARKO GJOKOVIK

Born in Skopje 1984. During high school he started working in production companies in Skopje. In 2004 goes to European Film College in Denmark where studies film directing. In 2006 begins his studies at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje under prof. Stole Popov.

Now Marko Gjokovik is at the post graduate studies in Skopje on directing for film.


Eclair ECLAIR

Showtime: October 22nd, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

North American Premiere

Genre: Short
Released: 2016
Running time: 30 minutes

Director: Marko Gjokovik
Screenplay: Marko Gjokovik
Producer: Emilija Chochkova
Leading roles: David Todosevski, Zvezdana Angelovska, Dina Jovevska, Igor Angelov, Goran Trifunovski, Boris Damovski




      

About the film:

Ohrid, 4th of may 1980. Marko, son of the cook in the Marshal’s villa, gets a chance to try the food that has been cooked in front of his eyes all his life.
Zharko Ivanov ZHARKO IVANOV



Round Trip: Mary ROUND TRIP: MARY

Showtime: October 22nd, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

(dedicated to the Manaki Brothers – first filmmakers of Macedonia)

Genre: Animation
Released: 2015
Running time: 10 minutes

Director: Zharko Ivanov
Screenplay: Zharko Ivanov, Aleksandar Prokopiev
Producer: Zharko Ivanov






      

About the film:

In a small village a young girl is rounding up her cattle, and preparing herself for a trip to the town. On her way there, she meets people in different scenarios. In the town she is attracted by the cinema building and the film posters.
Chris Saunders CHRIS SAUNDERS

Chris Saunders is a writer, director and editor who is currently attending Ryerson University for Film Studies. The Familiar Place is his first foray into independent film making.

The Familiar Place THE FAMILIAR PLACE

Showtime: October 22nd, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

North American Premiere

Genre: Short
Released: 2015
Running time: 22 minutes

Director: Chris Saunders
Screenplay: Chris Saunders
ProducerS: Chris Saunders, Matt Raponi, Melissa Walsh






      

About the film:

After recovering from an attempted Suicide, Lawrence is tasked with returning to the town where a great personal tragedy happened. Despite professional advice, he remains trapped in a nihilistic mind set, and plans for his return to be a brief one. Things start to become surreal and he must navigate his own journey through guilt, regret and redemption.
Goce Cvetanovski GOCE CVETANOVSKI

Goce Cvetanovski is one of the emerging authors of the new wave of Macedonian film directors. Since 1998 he lives in Paris, France, where he studied cinema at the University of Paris 8.

His production studio “Makedonska Krepost” was founded in Macedonia in 2002. He has directed a number of short films (screened on over 80 film festivals in the world), documentary films, music videos and TV commercials. He also gives a creative workshop at the film academy ESRA Skopje and writes for the comic book industry. In 2014 he’s co-founder of the comic books publishing company “Komic Brew” based in Scotland, UK.


The Man Who Wouldn't Die THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE

Showtime: October 22nd, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

Genre: Animation
Released: 2015
Running time: 11 minutes

Director: Goce Cvetanovski
Screenplay: Goce Cvetanovski
Producer: Kristijan Danilovski
Principal Cast: Visar Vishka, Nikola Aceski, Milan Tocinovski, Ana Kafkaleska, Vesna Gavrilovska, Katerina Anevska, Benjamin Hotton

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About the film:

Johnny, a successful 30 something businessman, in an attempt to end his life, jumps afrom a bridge to what it looks like certain death. Fortunately he is saved from the cold and musky waters, but is intrigued by his quiet savior. Nothing is as it seems.
Andrej Cvetanovski ANDREJ CVETANOVSKI



Magdalena MAGDALENA

Showtime: October 22nd, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. (Theatre #9)

Genre: Short
Released: 2011
Running time: 14 minutes

Director: Andrej Cvetanovski
Screenplay: Jelena Cvetanovska
Producer: Vlado Cvetanovski
Principal Cast: Aleskandar Stepanuleski, Ognen Drangovski







      

About the film:

The institution of a husband helper was known throughout the Balkans. Husband helpers were used by families that could not produce offspring. In traditional communities, continuing the family line takes priority over individual feelings. The fulfillment of a duty reaches tragic dimensions...
 

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