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GODINA NA MAJMUNOT

THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY

Vladimir Blaževski
Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Kosovo, 2018, 112 Min

Having escaped from run-down Skopje Zoo, a monkey is transformed into a folk hero and thus a symbol of resistance for a variety of causes in this political satire featuring undertones that barely suffice to scratch at what is a bizarre surface and leading characters who time and again manage to return to normality in a series of heartwarming scenes.

Punk Film

Animal warden Tsobe is fired due to financial cutbacks, while his "foster child", the monkey Coco, then escapes from the zoo. His escape causes a sensation in the media, Coco becomes a symbol – first for the Albanian and then for the Macedonian-Orthodox ethnic group, both of whom alternately put him before the nationalist cart. Tsobe, his 90-year-old aunt Wilma and a few friends go to the run with Coco. The human comedy about the absurdities of corrupt political practice and populist conspiracy theories ends with a fairytale motif: Tsobe and Coco join a group of refugees running along a railway track in the direction of Europe. The project was pitched under the title of "Freedom or Death" at the co-production market connecting cottbus in 2012. BB

Filmformat
DCP | Farbe / Colour
Drehbuch
Vladimir Blaževski
Kamera
Dimo Popov
Ton
Saso Kalan
Schnitt
Blagoja Nedelkovski
Ausstattung
Milenko Jeremić, Boban Petrusevski
Musik
Aleksandar Pejovksi
Darsteller
Igor Angelov, Marija Köhn, Bereda Reshit, Faik Mefailoski, Elena Trajkovska
Produzent
Darko Popov
Produktion
Punk Film
Co-Produktion
Kiselo Dete, Strup Produkcija, Infinity Production
Kontakt
Punk Film
Darko Popov
Milan Markovic 12B
1000 Skopje
Macedonia
+38 97 82 55 867
daropopov@gmail.com
Vladimir Blaževski

Vladimir Blaževski - born in 1955 in Skopje, Yugoslavia (today Macedonia). He graduated as a director from the University of Arts in Belgrade and worked for many years as a professor of film theory and directing at various universities in Serbia and Macedonia. He has made numerous feature films and documentaries as a director, producer or screenwriter.

Movies
HI-FI (1987)
THE REVOLUTION BOULEVARD (1992)
THE CHINESE MARKET (2001, doc)
PUNK’S NOT DEAD (2011, FFC 2011)
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