Festival Schedule

Festival at a Glance

Friday, October 18, 2019
7:00PM

The Toronto Premiere of "God Exists, her name is Petrunja", and Gala Party - Tickets only $40!

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.
(Adult themes. Coarse language.)



Sponsored by: Canadian Macedonian Place Foundation
Saturday, October 19, 2019
1:15PM

Great smalls, long shorts (total time - 1 hr 9 min)

Screening order: Koliva 24” / Donka 10” / Without Love 11” / Diagnosis 28”



Sponsored by: James Repas
3:00PM

The old and the new, the traditional and the modern, eastern and western, all intertwine

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.
(Adult themes, coarse language)



5:00PM

Prize-winner in several festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Montenegro Film Festival

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.
(Adult themes. Coarse language)



Sponsored by: Canadian Macedonian Place Foundation
7:00PM

The first film by a female director to open the Skopje Film Festival in April 2019 and its world premiere

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.
(Adult themes, coarse language)



8:30PM

Six taxi drivers and their passengers move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward.

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?
(Adult themes, coarse language)



Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:15PM

Great smalls, long shorts (total time - 1 hr 18 min )

Film order: ​​​​​​​The Monk 12" / One of Many 11” / An Attempt for a Happy Story 17” / Blacky & Faulty 11” / Ashes 18”

(Adult themes. Coarse Language.)



Sponsored by: Rob Sandolowich
3:00PM

Honeyland, selected as North Macedonia's entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards (followed by honey tasting in the lobby)

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.



5:00PM

Documentaries for the eyes and ears - Total running time 1 hr 19 min

Film order:  The first to be last 35" / Vanja - Born in pain 45"
Vanja - A documentary on Vanja Lazarova, legendary songstress of Macedonian traditional music.
The first to be last -  a panoramic exploration of traditional crafts of the Old Bazaar in Skopje.



Sponsored by: Mallin Medicine Corporation
7:00PM

Followed by Q & A with Ognen Georgievski, writer with "The Family Markovski"

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.
(Adult themes, sexual content, coarse language)



8:30PM

A dark comedy about the Zoo and the country

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.

(Adult Themes, coarse language, violence, sexual content)