Secret Ingredient

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    Secret Ingredient

    Iscelitel

    Directed by

    Macedonia

    2017

    104 min

    • Macedonian

    Drama

    Vele lives on the outskirts of Skopje in an apartment with his father Sazdo who is suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer. Vele is trying to help him, but unfortunately he can’t afford to buy him the expensive medication he needs.After preventing his father from committing suicide, Vele decides that he should act fast. So, he turns to unconventional methods that include homeopathic “memory-water”, placebos made from aspirin and cinnamon, he even attempts to rob a pharmacy without success. His hopes change when he finds a big package of marijuana. He soon discovers the impacts that weed may have on pain in cancer patients.Vele decides to bake a pie with his “secret ingredient” and offer it to his father, who will seem to miraculously recover. This immediate change will draw attention from the neighborhood as everyone wants to try this miracle pie and asks for the recipe. At the same time, the gangsters that lost their package start searching for it. Vele already knows that time is not on his side and he tries to offer his dad company and memorable moments.

    Awards

    • Jury Special Mention - CineMed Brussels
    • Special Mention (Balcan Competition) - Sofia IFF
    • Macedonian Submission for the 91st Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Blagoj Veselinov
    Anastas Tanovski
    Aksel Mehmet
    Aleksandar Mikic
    Screenplay
    Gjorce Stavreski
    Cinematography
    Dejan Dimeski
    Editing
    Martin Ivanov
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT
    Production
    FRAGMENT FILM
    Production
    GRAAL S.A
    Gjorce Stavreski

    Gjorce Stavreski

    Macedonia

    Gjorce Stavreski is a film director born on December 28th 1978 in Skopje, Macedonia. He graduated on the National Film Academy FDA in Skopje and went one to join several directors' workshops such as Berlinale Talent Campus and the ZagrebDox Pitching Forum. He writes his own scripts and his films were shown on many film festivals on which occasion he has been awarded (ASTERFEST, ZagrebDox, Clermont Ferrand ISFF) . His filmography notably includes AT DAYBREAK, D SKOPJE (SKOPJE LOVERS) and AUDITION MATERIAL. His latest project THE SECRET INGREDIENT premiered at Talinn Black Night FF.

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