OPENING FILM:

GODINA NA MAJMUNOT / THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY (112′)

Synopsis

The two main protagonists of this black comedy are Tsobe, a poor warden at the Skopje Zoo, and the chimpanzee Coco, an inhabitant at the same Zoo. The simple story tangles up with Coco’s escape from “captivity to freedom”. Tsobe, because of the general economic crisis and poverty, gets fired from his job, but he also receives a promise that he would be taken back to work, if he manages to track down and bring back the fugitive. In the wretched and transition-devastated country, the escaped chimpanzee causes big media uproar. Coco becomes a symbol of resistance and liberal tendencies, someone who has managed to break away from the enchanted circle of general entropy. That is how Tsobe’s mission for capturing the fugitive becomes traitorous. The absurdly comical mischief of the hunt for the run-away monkey, we partly follow through Coco’s perspective. He is kind of a mirror and silent witness of the sad and, at the same time, funny world that has lost its compass. And an unintentional tragicomic reason for people’s confrontation with their own fears and frustrations. He even becomes the flag of the revolt, disobedience and everything that a common person cannot be in an unfortunate country.

A “soft” political satire about a peculiar friendship between a lonesome monkey and a zoo warden, living in an upside down world in transition, as seen by a chimpanzee who succeeds in escaping from the zoo and this becomes a rebellious hero in the cheerless Balkan gloominess…

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Vladimir Blaževski

Born in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1955, Vladimir Blaževski graduated film direction, at the Academy for Film, Theatre, Radio & Television, in Belgrade. Since 1994, he is professor of Film Theory and Film History, at the Faculty of Drama Arts, at the “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University of Skopje, Macedonia. He also directed: “Pank’s Not Dead” (2011), “The Mystery of Wagner’s Tuba” (2009, documentary), “Bake-house Fable” (2003, documentary), “Dozen Tales About Wine” (2002, documentary), “The Chinese Market” (2001, documentary), “The Revolution Boulevard” (1992), and “Hi-fi” (1987).