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The Liberation of Skopje
The Liberation of Skopje

The Liberation of Skopje, directed by Rade and Danilo Šerbedžija, has been selected as Macedonia’s candidate for an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2017 Oscar Award nomination for Best Foreign Film.

Based on Dušan Jovanović’s drama, The Liberation of Skopje is an historic war-drama set during World War II, seen through the eyes of 10 year-old Zoran.

Along with Rade Šerbedžija, the film also features David Todosovski, Nebojša Glogovac, Dejan Lilic, Petar Mirčevski, Mikko Nousiainen, Lucija Šerbedžija, Silvija Stojanovska and the on-screen debut of David Todosovski.

The Liberation of Skopje premiered at this year’s Pula Film Festival, followed by screenings at the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Helsinki International Film Festival.

Zoran, an eight-year old boy, is the hero of this story. It is through his eyes that we experience all the cruelty of war, poverty, suffering and images of the occupation of Skopje by the Germans in 1942 with the help of their Bulgarian allies. Zoran’s father, Dushan is a member of the Partisan forces. His uncle, Gheorgiy, is also a member of the resistance and plays a part in the assassination of a high-ranking German officer, as well as in the evacuation and transport of Jews to free territories. However, he fails to save his neighbours and close friends, the Jewish family Rossman, from deportation. Zoran’s little friend Renata Rossman and her family are led away by the Germans to a concentration camp.

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