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Year of the Monkey
Running Time: 110 minutes
Language: Macedonian, Croatian, Albanian, English, Bulgarian with English subtitles
Venue: Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street, Tiburon]
Cast: Igor Angelov, Marija Kohn, Reshit Bereda, Faik Mefailovski, Elena Trajkovska, Cun Lajchi, Refet Abazi, Tanja Kocovska, Aleksandar Kamnarovski, Peter Elliot
Showtime: Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 05:45 PM
Director: Vladimir Blazevski
Description: “Year of the Monkey” is a mild political satire about a peculiar friendship between the impoverished zoo warden Cobe, and the lonesome monkey Koko, who inhabits the same Zoo. The unique story about an upside-down world in transition revolves around Koko’s escape from the Zoo, and Cobe’s attempts to get him back there, in hopes of getting his job back after being recently fired.
The hypothetical film is conceived as a mixture of rough naturalism and comedy of absurd. The method of contrasting, some swinging and teetering approach to script and film structure, became my favorite creative strategy for quite some time. This attitude also stands for an art-house and commercial composite I would like very much to achieve in such a film. And it’s not just due to the childish expectations of every film-maker to reach both – a blockbuster and a masterpiece in one particular “oeuvre”, but it deals with the very basic elements I find in the content of my story.
In fact, a certain weightiness the problems and associations touched in the film are provoking ought to be “neutralized” by desired lightness and smooth-to-bear proceeding of a comedy as a genre. That is my main artistic goal in this film, I must admit.
The title of the film is chosen upon a traditional slogan of Macedonian guerilla-fighters and it’s a sort of an icon in the national historical mythology. Anyone daring to make a mockery of this sacred syntagma is considered to be a traitor or at least non-patriot. I think I don’t care very much.
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