- Friday, November 10, 2017 9:25 AM
Thessaloniki, 10 November 2017 (MIA) - Macedonian feature film ‘The Secret Ingredient’ by the young filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Gjorce Stavreski had its world premiere Thursday evening at the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
The audience in the crowded ‘Stavros Tornes’ movie theatre enjoyed Stavreski’s “black comedy” and got acquainted with harsh reality of “ordinary mortal” who wants to find way out from everyday problems in “false healers.”
Young author considers that “in these crazy times, capitalism with Balkan taste lead the human values down to plunder of as much money and power as possible, whereat the rest of people are not important at all. The most needed medicines disappeared, and private hospitals make huge profit taking the last money from the sick and the desperate. False healer prospers: equipped with miraculous bleachers, homeopathic ‘water that remembers’ and healing cakes of marijuana, they offered ‘nothing’ for less money.”
All in all my need to make a movie is usually that I want to tell a personal or interesting story. Firstly is the need to talk about a problem or something that happened to me personally and obsessed me, observing the things that happened in our country for years, Stavreski told MIA after film’s screening.
The film is about young Vele (mechanic from a railway depot), who does not have the money to buy medicines for his father (Sazdo) and gives him a cake made of stolen marijuana to alleviate the pains from cancer. This brings him into a hopeless situation between the criminals who are seeking the drugs back and the sniffing neighbors who are seeing a new hope and a healer in him.
The film, which is a Macedonian-Greek co-production, is realised with the financial support of the Macedonian Film Agency and is produced by Fragment Film, with co-producer Graal from Greece.
The main roles are interpreted by Blagoj Veselinov, Anastas Tanovski, Aksel Mehmet, Aleksandar Mikic, Miroslav Petkovic, Dime Iliev and Simona Dimkovska.
Macedonian Film Agency director, film producer Gorjan Tozija told MIA that young directors are more successful than those we call 'well-known' authors.' This and future generations, such as Gjorce, Dina Duma and others, they will do good for the Macedonian film and for the state and the Macedonian culture in general, Tozija said.
The film will have another screening Friday in Thessaloniki and the Macedonian audience will have the opportunity to see film’s premiere on Nov.19.
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become one of the Southeast Europe's primary showcases for the work of new and emerging filmmakers. The event features the International Section, a panorama of Greek films, the New Horizons program, the Balkan Survey, and numerous retrospectives and tributes to leading figures in the world of film. The Festival is competitive with the International Section jury awarding several prizes each year, most notably the "Golden Alexander" for Best Feature-Length Film. sk/09:24
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