Films

Secret Ingredient

Secret Ingredient, "Исцелител"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Macedonian filmmaker Gjorce Stavreski has already won multiple awards for his documentary "Adam and Eve" and his short fiction films. His poignantly funny debut fiction feature "Secret Ingredient" is a balance between dark comedy and drama.

Vele (Blagoj Veselinov) lives on the outskirts of Skopje in an apartment with his father Sazdo (Anastas Tanovski) who is suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer. Vele is trying to help him, but unfortunately he can’t afford to buy him the expensive medication he needs.

After preventing his father from committing suicide, Vele decides that he should act fast. So, he turns to unconventional methods that include homeopathic “memory-water”, placebos made from aspirin and cinnamon, he even attempts to rob a pharmacy without success. His hopes change when he finds a big package of marijuana. He soon discovers the impacts that weed may have on pain in cancer patients.

Vele decides to bake a pie with his “secret ingredient” and offer it to his father, who will seem to miraculously recover. This immediate change will draw attention from the neighborhood as everyone wants to try this miracle pie and asks for the recipe. At the same time, the gangsters that lost their package start searching for it. Vele already knows that time is not on his side and he tries to offer his dad company and memorable moments.

With a great cast and an enjoyable script, "Secret Ingredient" is a pure Balkan tragicomic discovery that offers a complete heart-warming glimpse into a sensitive subject. This could become an instant festival favourite.

Vassilis Economou

Gjorce Stavreski

is an award winning filmmaker from Skopje, Macedonia.

His documentary “Adam and Eve” got the Special Jury Mention Award at ZagrebDox film festival in Croatia. His short fiction “At  Daybreak” was in official competition at Clermont-Ferrand film festival in France, and his short fiction “Audition Material” won the Best Short Fiction Award at Bogoshorts, Colombia. 

“The Secret Ingredient” is his feature film debut. It won two international awards in pre-production: EAVE Scholarship Award at WEMW Pitching Forum in Trieste and a nomination for VFF Highlight Pitch Award at Berlinale Talent Project Market.

 

 

Filmography

  • Secret Ingredient (2017)

Schedule

25.11.2017
21:00 - 23:14
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 091003
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Gjorce Stavreski, Cast Blagoj Veselinov, Crew Martin Ivanov, Crew Dragica Nikolovska
27.11.2017
19:15 - 21:19
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 110306
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Gjorce Stavreski, Cast Blagoj Veselinov, Crew Martin Ivanov, Crew Dragica Nikolovska
30.11.2017
19:15 - 20:59
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 141902
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

First Feature Competition

Film info

Countries: Macedonia, Greece
Year: 2017
Duration: 104 minutes
Language: Macedonian
Director: Gjorce Stavreski
Writer: Gjorce Stavreski 
DOP: Dejan Dimeski
Montage: Martin Ivanov
Composers: Branislav Nikolov, Pece Trajkovski, Goce Jovanoski
Cast:  Blagoj Veselinov, Anastas Tanovski, Aksel Mehmet, Aleksandar Mikic           
Productions: Fragment Film, GRAAL S.A

Synopsis

Director

Macedonian filmmaker Gjorce Stavreski has already won multiple awards for his documentary "Adam and Eve" and his short fiction films. His poignantly funny debut fiction feature "Secret Ingredient" is a balance between dark comedy and drama.

Vele (Blagoj Veselinov) lives on the outskirts of Skopje in an apartment with his father Sazdo (Anastas Tanovski) who is suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer. Vele is trying to help him, but unfortunately he can’t afford to buy him the expensive medication he needs.

After preventing his father from committing suicide, Vele decides that he should act fast. So, he turns to unconventional methods that include homeopathic “memory-water”, placebos made from aspirin and cinnamon, he even attempts to rob a pharmacy without success. His hopes change when he finds a big package of marijuana. He soon discovers the impacts that weed may have on pain in cancer patients.

Vele decides to bake a pie with his “secret ingredient” and offer it to his father, who will seem to miraculously recover. This immediate change will draw attention from the neighborhood as everyone wants to try this miracle pie and asks for the recipe. At the same time, the gangsters that lost their package start searching for it. Vele already knows that time is not on his side and he tries to offer his dad company and memorable moments.

With a great cast and an enjoyable script, "Secret Ingredient" is a pure Balkan tragicomic discovery that offers a complete heart-warming glimpse into a sensitive subject. This could become an instant festival favourite.

Vassilis Economou

Gjorce Stavreski

is an award winning filmmaker from Skopje, Macedonia.

His documentary “Adam and Eve” got the Special Jury Mention Award at ZagrebDox film festival in Croatia. His short fiction “At  Daybreak” was in official competition at Clermont-Ferrand film festival in France, and his short fiction “Audition Material” won the Best Short Fiction Award at Bogoshorts, Colombia. 

“The Secret Ingredient” is his feature film debut. It won two international awards in pre-production: EAVE Scholarship Award at WEMW Pitching Forum in Trieste and a nomination for VFF Highlight Pitch Award at Berlinale Talent Project Market.

 

 

Filmography

  • Secret Ingredient (2017)
Scholarship of 5000 EUR from Jameson.