Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Secret Ingredient


Year: 2017
Run Time: 104 minutes

Secret Ingredient
Secret Ingredient
Secret Ingredient
Secret Ingredient

THE SECRET INGREDIENT is a universal story of a downtrodden man having to make do with few resources. Vele works in a train yard but hasn’t been paid in weeks, even though his bosses continue to collect paychecks. So when his dad’s cancer begins to get worse, Vele must find a way to get the medication he can’t afford. Luck comes in mysterious ways, and for Vele it’s in the form of a pound of weed he finds in one of the abandoned trains in his yard. Using the herbal drug to make cake, Vele finds his pot pastry has a positive effect on his unwitting father, curing the cancer and drawing the attention of nearly everyone in town including the drug dealers whose stash Vele found. A dark comedy without any of the stoner comedy nonsense, THE SECRET INGREDIENT is a delicious film about the lengths we’ll go to make things right—and the pitfalls of making highly effective pot cake in a town full of people looking for healing. (In Macedonian with subtitles) —T.W.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:35 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 4:20 PM

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition


Gjorce Stavreski

Writer, director, and producer Gjorce Stavreski was born in 1978 in Skopje, Macedonia. He graduated from the department of film direction at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje and went on to join several directors’ workshops such as Berlinale Talent Campus and the ZagrebDox Pitching Forum.


Gjorce Stavreski

Dejan Dimeski

Martin Ivanov

Principal Cast
Blagoj Veselinov, Anastas Tanovski, Aksel Mehmet, Aleksandar Mikic, Miroslav Petkovic, Dime Iliev

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