The Third Half (2012)

The Third Half (2012)
Directed by: Darko Mitrevski
Country: Macedonia / others

Review: “The Third Half” combines soccer, romance and war in the same package. Having been inspired on true events, it follows a similar approach used by the Serbian “Montevideo, God Bless You” from 2010, and suffers from the same commercial appeal and standardized narrative. Even trying to avoid an evident sentimentalism, the background music is there to remind us its good dramatic intentions. The plot presents three distinct sides. The romantic side is centered on the persistent love between Kosta, the striker of FC Macedonia, and Rebecca Cohen, the daughter of a rich Jewish banker. The sportive side is completely sunk in misrepresentation of the real facts; contradicting the movie, FC Macedonia didn’t win the final game against Bulgarian team Levski and was placed in second. The war side dealt with the German occupancy and should have represented the strongest aspect in the story; it gave particular emphasis on Spitz, the coach of the team, who didn’t escape to Nazis in the circumstances described here and wasn't German but rather Hungarian. In my point of view the plot didn’t gained anything by manipulating the real story, which just served to increase speculation. Considering the adopted approach, and polemics aside, “The Third Half” as cinematic experience just revealed a huge ambition and the inability to stir emotions or create much enthusiasm.

Punk's Not Dead (2011)

Directed by: Vladimir Blazevski
Country: Macedonia

Plot: A group of crotchety codgers attempt to revive the punk-rock band they all played in 17 years earlier.
Review: Very entertaining, “Punk’s Not Dead” celebrates a way of life and reawakens an out-of-date music genre. Beyond giving an exact idea of how theses punks live in Macedonia, it makes funny of the long disputes between Macedonians and Albanians. The accelerated rhythm will make you unrest, in the same way the punk music does. There are so many things going on here, in this funny and anarchic musical comedy.
Relevant awards: East of West award (Karlovy Vary).

Mothers (2010)

Realizado por: Milcho Manchevski
País: Macedónia
Manchevski, autor do imprescindível "before the rain", apresenta-nos 3 histórias desequilibradas e subtilmente interligadas, que se passam em 3 cidades diferentes da Macedónia. A primeira é sobre duas miúdas que denunciam um exibicionista à polícia sem nunca o terem visto. A segunda mostra-nos três cineastas que se deslocam a uma cidade rural, e conhecem dois irmãos que vivem completamente isolados mas que não se falam há 16 anos. A terceira história passa da ficção para o documentário, sendo demasiado longa e pormenorizada, foca um jornalista que torturou, violou e matou diversas empregadas de limpeza de uma fábrica.