The Macedonian Association of Film Professionals, being the authorized association by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has selected the film “The Third Half” directed by Darko Mitrevski as the official Macedonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at next year’s Academy Awards.
The Commission has been deciding between four Macedonian films running for official Macedonian submission: “The Third Half” directed by Darko Mitrevski and produced by Kino Oko, “The Woman who Brushed off Her Tears” by Teona Strugar Mitevska and in production of Sisters and Brothers Mitevski and “Skopje Remix” directed by 9 young Macedonian directors and produced by New Macedonian Video. The film “Balkan Is Not Dead”, directed by Aleksandar Popovski and produced by Kino Oko was withdrawn from consideration, due to technical reasons.
“The Third Half” is Darko Mitrevski’s third feature film, following his 1998 “Goodbye 20th Century” and 2005 “Balcancan”. Starring Sasko Kocev, Katarina Ivanovska and Rade Serbedzija, the film tells a story about football, love, and the battle against fascism. The film is scheduled to have its official premiere at the opening of this year’s International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, taking place September 15-21 in Bitola.
The news was also featured in the online film magazine Variety