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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 57 | volume X | November-December, 2007



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Blesok no. 57November-December, 2007
Gallery Reviews

I am from Titov Veles

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Vlatko Galevski

Director and writer: Teona Mitevska
    Producer: Labina Mitevska
    Cinematographer: Virginiе Saint-Martin
    Еditor: Jacques Witta
    Music: Olivier Samouillan
    Cast: Labina Mitevska, Ana Kostovska, Nikolina Kujača, Xhevdet Jashari, Petar Musevski

In the official announcement of the awards of the 28th Manaki Brothers Festival we saw that the jury needed as long as nine hours to reach the final decision on the awards. This very fact shows that this year’s competition of cinematographers was really big and that there were some top works. One of the arguments is the unprecedented exception that, for the second time in the 28th history of the festival, the jury awarded two equal golden cameras 300 to two cameramen, Jaromir Sofr for the movie I Served the King of England, and Dragan Marković for the movie The Living and the Dead. Most probably there were many disagreements when it came to reaching the decision for the Silver and Bronze Camera. Be it as it may, the Belgium cinematographer Virginiе Saint-Martin won the silver for her work on I Am from Titov Veles, and the movie automatically had an award at home. The explanation on the award of the jury states: “This film uses an original artistic and cinematographic language to present the powerful family tragedy of three sisters whose hopes create a fascinating, deep and unusual story.” But the explanation of the jury is only partially a reflection of what the movie offers. We are sure that even for the broadest film audience the photography of Virginiе Saint-Martin is a real aesthetic experience, and the impressions about the film are thus lifted to a higher level. However, the beautiful pictures can not hide the lack of narrative and dialogical context, nor correct the misbalance that inevitably results from the problem of the characters. All the clarifications of the story say that the film is about three sisters… but the film is in first person singular, coming from the mute mouth of Afrodita (Labina Mitevska), although the title “I was born…” partially justifies it. If the character of Slavica (Ana Kostovska) is developed and defined to some extent, Sappho (Nikolina Kujača) is completely out of the movie, both as an actor and when it comes to text. On the other hand, the stressed and continued eroticism of Afrodita which is only functional to some extent, comes dangerously close to exhibitionism as the movie progresses. It is difficult to predict if it will sell the






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