To the Hilt

Original Format:  1:2,40-ARRI Alexa+

Year of Released:  2014

Running Time:  165`

Director:  Stole Popov

Producer:  Dancho Chevreski

Editor:  Atanas Georgiev

Screen Writer:  Goran Stefanovski

Director of Photography:  Apostol Trpeski

Principal Cast:  Inti Sraj, Martin Jordanovski, Sashko Kocev, Toni Mihajlovski, Miki Manojlovic, Iskra Veterova, Nikola Kojo, Senko Velinov, Nikola Ristanovski

Brief Synopsis:
Macedonia is a small country, in the heart of the Balkans, which for five centuries was under the yoke of the Ottoman Empire. The action of the film To the Hilt takes place in the years of general collapse and “free fall” after the Macedonian uprising of 1903 and its bloody suppression. The story is a complex quadrangle between an uncompromising idealist rebel, a merciless Turkish officer, an opportunist rich man’s son returning home after his studies in Europe, and a lucid and open-minded European woman, who flirts with the three men and sets in train a series of events with dire and unforeseeable consequences. The characters go through turbulent collisions resulting in cathartic experiences and new self-awareness. The film is a harsh and romantic story in which the eternal Macedonian quest for identity and independence is viewed through the prism of the relative notions of freedom, justice, love, sacrifice and treason. The story dramatizes and parodies the myth and anti-myth of West and East, of Europe and the Balkans. It brings to boiling-point the paradoxes and absurdities of Macedonian history. Caught in a trap, one of the characters declares his radical philosophy: “Fuck life if you aren’t ready to die for it!” If the traditional American genre is the Western, a story of the Wild West, this film is its eastern counterpart – an Eastern, a story of the Wild East.


Best Actress Award – Leskovac International Festival of Film Directing, Serbia, 2015


  • Nancy Lorraine International Film Festival, France, 2015
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2015
  • International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, Macedonia, 2014

Official Website:

Production Companies:
P.O. Box 693
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Co – producers:
Sektor Film
Albert Ajnashtajn 9/14
1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Vladimir Anastasov

Jane Sandanski 108/28
1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Kristijan Danilovski