Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE
(Osloboduvanje na Skopje)

Year: 2016
Country: MACEDONIA, CROATIA, FINLAND
Language: Macedonian, Bulgarian, German
Run Time: 111 minutes

THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE
THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE
THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE
THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE

In 1941 in the German-occupied village of Skopje, two shattering events occur. First, the assassination of a German officer by the resistance. Next, the arrival of Captain Muller, transferred from assignment in Africa. As the Germans ruthlessly try to exterminate the resistance fighters, Muller becomes obsessed with a village woman, seducing her into becoming his housekeeper with offers of food and money. All this is closely observed by Zoran, the young son of Lica, the object of Muller’s frightening attentions. Lica sees few alternatives to keeping her family fed and safe. Zoran sees the horrors and betrayals of combat everywhere he goes, including his own home. THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE is a touching and terrifying look at the devastation warfare brings to families. Zoran knows his mother is seen as a traitor and that his world may end in a second. Events are hurtling towards an uncertain conclusion. We watch with Zoran as he clings to the tatters of hope and childhood, praying for the liberation of Skopje. (In Macedonian, Bulgarian, and German with subtitles) —C.R.

THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE was selected as Macedonia's entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Academy Awards®.

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Competition
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Directors
Rade Serbedzija, Danilo Serbedzija

Rade Serbedzija was born in 1946 in Bunic, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He graduated from the College of Dramatic Arts in Zagreband and began acting in theater and films. He co-founded a theater with Vanessa Redgrave and has appeared in over 70 movies. In the 1990s he became internationally known, working with Stanley Kubrick and Clint Eastwood. His son Danilo Serbedzija was born in 1971 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is also an actor and director who has worked successfully in television as well as film.

Filmography
THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE (2016)

Producers
Igor A.Nola, Gorjan Tozija, Robert Naskov, Arto Halowen

Screenwriting
Dusan Jovanovic, Rade Serbedzija, Danilo Serbedzija

Cinematography
Dejan Dimeski

Editing
Nicolas Gaster

Principal Cast
David Todosovski, Rade Serbedzija, Mikko Nousiainen, Lucija Serbedzija, Silvija Stojanovska

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