Original Format:
4:3 B/W, RED 4k
Year of Released:
Running Time:
14 min.
Stefan Sidovski
Aleksandar Zikov
Aleksandar Zikov
Screen Writer:
Velko Nedelkovski
Director of Photography:
Ilia Zogovski
Principal Cast:
Aleksandar Mikik, Magdalena Rizova Cernih, Martin Jovanov, Katerina Sehtanska
Brief Synopsis:
Vetka is 40 years old widow, mother of two children, without a job. Her husband died in the late transitional period, and she with her 14 years old son Simcho and 3 years old Bobe, lives in a wild made provisional (gypsy court). They wash windows of cars, collect old stuff from garbage containers, hardly finding food for survival. On the land where their home is, a new building complex is planned to be built. Everything is destroyed, they are left on the streets again. Simcho who grows fast, chooses a criminal way to the social justice. One night he gets into an exchange office to steal money... but he is caught and sent to prison for kids.Cheek is a short movie about the long sufferings of the old people from the social bottom. Warm story about the endangered cheek of the critical groups of the population. But in the same time an ode for the moral truth and human resistance of one at the first site – weak woman. She fights, she survives besides all the cruel hits of the life. To maintain the family, to feed it, to put her children on the correct way. Her Simcho who took the wrong way of life to come back among the honest one’s. His robbery will be his last. Or maybe, not! Cheek is a stylized mini drama – saga for the pureness or virginity of human cheek in these chaotic times, when many principal values are grounded by the transition. With almost documentary life ensuring, caught shocking scenes of the marginalized people who, on our common shame live among us, without true chance to re-socialize in the society. A cinematographic appeal, artistic yell, bitter testify, a stroke on the cheek of the time.


Best Script Award - San Gio Verona Video Festival, Italy, 2013

Special Award Solidarieta - San Gio Verona Video Festival, Italy, 2013


Balkan Food and Film Festival, Pogradec, Albania, 2014

Children’s Film Festival Seattle, USA, 2014

International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013

Cinedays Festival of European Film, Macedonia, 2011

Ismailia International Festival for Documentary and Short Film, Egypt, 2012

In the Palace International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2012

Divan Film Festival, Romania, 2012

International Cinematographers' Film Festival "Manaki Brothers", Bitola, Macedonia, 2012

VREVA - Street Festival of Activism, Serbia, 2012

TISFEST – Teen International Shorts Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013

Production Companies:
Arka Media Doo
Orce Nikolov 109
1000 Skopje, Macedonia