14th Macedonian Film Festival 2019 in a Single Page!

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL MACEDONIAN FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS

Best Feature FilmDirections, directed by Stephan Komandarev

Best Short FilmDonka, directed by Aleksandar Arsovski

Best DocumentaryHoneyland, directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska

Special Jury Award for Best ActressGod Exists, Her Name is Petrunija, starring Zorica Nusheva, Directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska

Celebrating its 14th year, the Macedonian Film Festival based in Toronto will take place from 10/18-10/20 and will celebrate and raise awareness of Macedonian talent, culture, and the issues currently facing the diaspora.

This year the Macedonian Film Festival will feature AWARD WINNING films, such as Honeyland and God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija, the WORLD PREMIERE of Second Chance, the first female directed movie to ever open the Skopje film festival, a Q&A SESSION with Ognen Georgievski, writer with The Family Markovski, and an opening night gala party.

The Macedonian Film Festival aims to explore themes relating to Macedonia: it features a range of genres and styles of film and works to portray the complex identity of Macedonians and celebrate the cultural achievements of Macedonian directors, writers, actors, as well as filmmakers focusing on Macedonia and Macedonians.

OPENING FILM

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH @ 7 P.M. & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH @ 5 P.M.

GOD EXISTS HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA

"Petrunija, unemployed and down on her luck, jumps into the river on Epiphany to join the all-male Orthodox ritual of diving for a cross and competing for a year of luck. She catches the cross, and then has to face the outrage of the church and of society. Based on actual events."

WINNER: SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS

COME SEE THE TORONTO PREMIERE OF GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA.

FRIDAY SCREENING IS FOLLOWED BY A GALA PARTY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH

FOUR SHORT FILMS @ 1:15 P.M.

Koliva - 24 Minutes

Donka -10 Minutes (Winner: Best Short Film)

Without Love -12 Minutes

Diagnosis - 28 Minutes

A screening of these four short films, followed by Meze in the small party room.

RETURN @ 3:00 P.M

"A young Albanian-Macedonian immigrant decides to pay a surprise visit back to his native village, bringing along his French fiancée. Their surprise turns sour when his family learns the true reasons behind their son’s return."

SECOND CHANCE & A SECOND...TO ETERNITY @ 7 P.M.

"Second Chance interweaves three stories of three women living in the same apartment complex, each one trying to find meaning in her existence as Macedonia hovers on the brink of civil war."

"Second...To Eterrnity is the story of a ballerina and one important second of her life, a second that will change her perception of the world both as an artist and as a believer.

DIRECTIONS @ 8:30 P.M

"As they struggle to make ends meet, a series of cab drivers and their rides unfold a bittersweet social kaleidoscope in present-day Sofia over the course of twenty-four hours. Pivoting around an ugly case of bureaucracy and corruption with a tragic ending, a mosaic of graphic vignettes about loss, retribution, suicide, adultery, immigration, and shattered dreams. Is the confined space of a taxi merely an unflattering mirror of what went wrong in Bulgaria?"

WINNER: BEST FEATURE FILM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

FIVE SHORT FILMS @ 1:15 P.M.

The Monk - 12 Minutes

One of Many -11 Minutes

An Attempt for a Happy Story - 17 Minutes

Blacky & Faulty -11 Minutes

Ashes -18 Minutes
 

HONEYLAND @ 3:00 P.M.

"The last female wild bee-hunter in Europe lives in an abandoned village caring for her mother. When a family of nomadic beekeepers invades her land and threatens her livelihood, she must save the bees and restore natural balance. Her story is a microcosm for a wider idea of how closely intertwined nature and humanity are, and how much we stand to lose if we ignore this fundamental connection."

WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY

DOCUMENTARIES FOR THE EYES AND EARS @ 5:00 P.M.

Vanja - 45 Minutes

A documentary on Vanja Lazarova, legendary songstress of Macedonian traditional music.

The First to be Last - 35 Minutes

 A panoramic exploration of traditional crafts of the Old Bazaar in Skopje.

THE FAMILY MARKOVSKI, FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH WRITER @ 7:00 P.M.

"The Family Markovski is the emotional story of the struggle to keep a family together amid the many challenges of everyday life in a dysfunctional society plagued by corruption and the lack of the rule of law."

 


 

CLOSING FILM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH: 8:30 P.M.

YEAR OF THE MONKEY

"The two main protagonists of this black comedy are Tsobe, a poor warden at the Zoo in Skopje and the chimpanzee Coco that escapes. The absurdly comical mischief of the hunt for the run-away monkey, we partly follow through Coco’s perspective. Coco becomes a symbol of resistance and liberal tendencies in the media uproar."



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