No happy endings in the Balkans

Mothers is a feature attraction of the Macedonian Film Festival at Moore Park

The Macedonian Film Festival will screen at the Hoyts Paris Cinema at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park this weekend, November 24 and 25.

The festival opens with a VIP cocktail party at 6pm on Saturday night and Vladimir Blazevski’s black comedy Punks not dead.

This film has won numerous awards, including 2011 Best Film, Best Actor and Best screenplay – as well as the prestigious East of the West Crystal Bear award – at the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary.

Festival coordinators Peter Bosevski and Betty Babamovski promise to provide audiences with an alternative cinema experience.

“We aim to showcase Macedonian culture and films to mainstream audiences. We also showcase Australian-made Macedonian films,” Bosevski said.

“This year we are screening a great variety of different genres from black comedy to documentary drama.”

The films to be screened include Ben Kumanovski’s Escaping War, Omer Zekirovski’s Wrong Game and Igor Aleksov’s Bit Player.

A feature attraction is Mothers from internationally renowned director Milcho Manchevski, winner of many international awards and nominated for an Oscar.

This touching film renders the faces of human tragedy and joy through three stories that highlight the delicate relationship between truth and fiction, drama and documentary using a very innovative structure.

Bosevski describes this festival as unique because people get to experience what it is like to be living in the Balkans.

“There are no happy endings in the Balkans,” he said.

“The films from Macedonia are renowned for black comedy and intense drama. They really investigate the dark side of life, especially the contemporary films.”

This is the second year in Sydney for the Macedonian Film Festival, a not-for-profit initiative that began in Melbourne four years ago and also spread to New Zealand.

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