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.
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
DCP | Farbe / Colour
Milenko Jeremić, Boban Petrusevski
Igor Angelov, Marija Köhn, Bereda Reshit, Faik Mefailoski, Elena Trajkovska
Kiselo Dete, Strup Produkcija, Infinity Production
Milan Markovic 12B
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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.
THE REVOLUTION BOULEVARD (1992)
THE CHINESE MARKET (2001, doc)
PUNK’S NOT DEAD (2011, FFC 2011)