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In a large brick waiting room, 4 people sit across a table from two others, all dressed professionally.

Housekeeping for Beginners Domakinstvo za pocetnici

  Goran Stolevski

  North Macedonia, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo     107 minutes


Dita lives in a large household with her girlfriend, her girlfriend’s daughters, and a group of other queer misfits in the North Macedonian capital. When circumstances force Dita to become the caretaker of the two troublemaking daughters, the reluctant adults of the house must figure out a way to keep this unlikely family safe from a society that is not ready to accept them.

Explosive clashes between the strong-willed, the fiercely independent, and the culturally at odds form a vibrating orchestral narrative that tests the household’s alliances and bonds. Goran Stolevski (You Won’t Be Alone) returns to the Festival with a chaotic and remarkably tender portrait of a found family and the powerful ties that bind those pushed to the margins of society.

 Albanian, Macedonian, Romani with subtitles

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Film Credits

  •   Marija Dimitrova, Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Ankica Jurić Tilić, Beata Rzeźniczek, Milan Stojanović, Blerta Basholli
  •   Goran Stolevski
  •   Goran Stolevski
  •   Naum Doksevski
  •   Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Vladimir Tintor, Mia Mustafa, Dzada Selim, Sara Klimoska, Rozafë Çelaj, Ajse Useini
  •   Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
  •   List Production, Madants, Kinorama, Sense Production, Industria Film, Film i Väst, Common Ground Pictures, Causeway Films

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A young boy, wearing smeared red lipstick, lays back in bed holding back tears. A older woman lay next to him, comforting.

Lost Country

  Vladimir Perišić

  Serbia, France, Luxemburg, Croatia     98 minutes


Serbia, 1996. 15-year-old Stefan is torn. His close relationship with his mother, the television spokesperson for the authoritarian Milosevic regime, is causing him grief at school.  An election is approaching, and the nation — and his classmates — expect foul play from the party in power. When it becomes clear that the vote has been rigged, the students take to the streets to protest the fraudulent results, and the party meets the demonstrations with violence. His mother’s obvious corruption makes Stefan’s friends doubt his loyalty to their cause, forcing him to decide between his family and his generation.

Clean, incisive cinematography and intricate production design with a clear eye for period detail backdrop this passionate, politically-charged coming-of-age saga. A powerful performance anchors the proceedings, as actor Jovan Ginic’s bewildered stare conveys the complex pains of uncertain youth.

 Serbian with subtitles

Screenings & Events


Film Credits

  •   Janja Kralj, Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi, Vladimir Perišić
  •   Vladimir Perišić, Alice Winocour
  •   Martial Salomon, Jelena Maksimović
  •   Sarah Blum, Louise Botkay Courcier
  •   Jovan Ginić, Jasna Đuričić, Miodrag Jovanović
  •   Alen & Nenad Sinkauz
  •   Janja Kralj, Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi, Vladimir Perišić
  •   Kinoelektron, Easy Riders


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