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09.03, - 18:30, Lumiere
Director:  Svetozar Ristovski
Cinematography:  Vladimir Samoilovski
Screenplay:  Grace Lea Troje , Svetozar Ristovski
Producer:  Svetozar Ristovski
Music:  Klaus Hundsbichler
Cast:  Mustafa Nadarevic , Vlado Jovanovski , Nikola Djuricko , Dejan Acimovic , Marko Kovacevic
Production:  Small Movies
International distribution:  Crescent Releasing
Main programme / International Competition
Adam & Paul
Burning Out
From the Land of Silence
Hotel
Love in Thoughts
Mirage
Monsterthursday
Prince Gomez
Red Coloured Grey Truck
Stranger
Suburbs
Tartarughe sul dorso
The Woodsman

MIRAGE
ILUZIJA
MIRAGE
Macedonia, 2004, 108 min, color
Awards:  2004 - "Official selection" Tokyo

Young Markos world is falling apart. Amidst Macedonias tumultuous transition, alcohol and gambling poison his life at home. School is equally unbearable, because of ruthless bullies. When a teacher encourages him to enter a poetry competition, he dreams of escape; the winner of the contest for the best poem in praise of Macedonia will receive a trip to Paris. Yet circumstances only get worse, and Marko can no longer find refuge in his dream. When he befriends a soldier of fortune he learns new lessons, including how to shoot a gun. He is taught that he must eat or be eaten, and seeks justice for the betrayals hes endured by taking matters into his own hands.

Macedonias newest cinematic voice, Svetozar Ristovksi, delivers a bold and powerful denunciation of a society that misleads it children with false hopes. The film begins with a quote from Nietzsche, Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man, setting the stage for a dark tale about moving beyond hope. Every frame of this provocative fiction feature debut is a call to action: a call to wake up to reality, however devastating it is, and make every effort possible to change things.

SVETOZAR RISTOVSKI
Macedonian director Svetozar Ristovski was born in Veles and studied architecture and dramatic arts at the University of St. Kiril and Metodi in Skopje. His filmography includes the short documentary Second Class Passengers (1999), the feature-length documentary Joy of Life (2001) and the short fiction film Hunter (2000). Mirage is his feature directorial debut.
2004  Mirage
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