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The Liberation of Skopje
Running Time: 111 minutes
Country: Macedonia / Croatia / Finland
Language: Macedonian/Bulgarian/German with English subtitles
Venue: Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street]
Cast: David Todosovski, Rade Serbedžija, Mikko Nousiainen, Lucija Serbedžija, Silvija Stojanovska, Nebojša Glogovac, Petar Mirčevski
Showtime: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 04:00 PM
Director: Rade Serbedzija & Danilo Šerbedžija
Description: The horrors and suffering of the Second World War are portrayed in bittersweet terms through the eyes of 11-year-old Zoran whose father has joined the partisans to fight the German occupiers and whose mother becomes involved with a German officer.
In the year of 1941 the city of Skopje is occupied by Germans and their Bulgarian allies. While the occupiers take over the local Jews’ homes and settle themselves down comfortably, the townsmen’s lives turn into an everyday struggle. 11-year-old Zoran’s (David Todosovski) father has joined the Yugoslavian Partisan Army while his mother, Lica (Lucija Serbedzija), tries to maintain what little structure of life they have left back at home. Uncle Georgij (Rade Serbedzija) takes part in the local resistance movement in order to help evacuate Jews and conspire the assassination of a high-ranking German officer. Meanwhile, Zoran seeks to find comfort in his hopes and dreams of re-encountering a girlfriend who was forcefully put on a train and transported away.
German officer, Hans (Mikko Nousiainen), offers Lica a position as his housekeeper. Not given the opportunity to refuse, Lica finds a way to earn an income and provide food for the family. However, as the circumstances of the occupation escalate, members of the family start to turn against each other. When the inconsolance grows too much to bear, Lica finds a reluctant comfort in Hans.
As the years go by, the liberation of Skopje gradually becomes imminent. What seems to remain is to ask oneself, how to forget what has happened and move on. Will the community punish Lica for what she’s done, and is the family capable of living in harmony once more?
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