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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 22 | volume IV | August-September, 2001



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 22August-September, 2001
Gallery Reviews

Interview with Ivo Trajkov, film director

''I think… And I Make Films!"

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Suzana T. Pavlovska

Suzana Todorovska –Pavloska: … After the LET’S GET CLEAN (1989, mid-length feature film), SORROW FOR SOUTH (1990, TV-show), CANARIAN CONNECTION (1993, long-length feature film and participant at the IFCF “Manaki Brothers” in Bitola, the same year), SHPACHEK BY SHPACHEK (1995, TV-ego serial), COMMON MARRIAGE (1996, documentary), THE TESTIMONY OF THE SECRET WITNESS (1996, documentary), PAST (1997/98, long-length feature film), about his work as a script-writer and director – by his time & experience perspective – today…
    Ivo Trajkov:
Until now, I’ve worked on four feature films. The fourth, actually, isn’t finished yet. The CANARIAN CONNECTION, practically, is mine second, and in meantime, I did the PAST, the film, which was at the 21st IFCF “Manaki Brothers” in Bitola – out of the competition. Somehow, I move in different directions, particularly towards the so-called “author’s film”, and, what’s of most importance for me, towards the author’s liberty in the filmmaking. And today, in this actual film industry, that’s most difficult to achieve. Primarily because, of course, making a film costs a lot, and when somebody provides the money, it’s understandable that he would like to have his own influence in his investment. That’s normal. On the other hand, the author just can’t allow that – if we speak for the “author’s film”, and not for the commercial film production That’s completely different story. I live in Prague and I don’t have to do things I don’t like, because, I – definitely – do exactly what I like to do. Anyway, that’s so, at least, in this past six years of mine. I managed that very simple: I didn’t work only as a filmmaker – just in order to make films. I did stay in the filmmaking business working as a producer of short/mid-length documentaries – mainly with my colleagues from the film-school. I find a lot meaning in that, too, helping the younger colleagues and those for whom I think that are worth of it, as people and authors, both. The combination of being producer and director allows me – working on the things I like to – to be able to make an existence. I don’t have a house, I don’t drive “Mazda” or something else like that, but I feel so good at heart… Everybody has his opportunity to choose anything, and I did choose something that I think is important for me, because I want to feel well

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