The Liberation of Skopje

Rade Sherbedzija, Danilo Sherbedzija
Gorjan Tozija, Robert Naskov
Nicolas Gaster
Screen Writer:
Dushan Jovanovik, Rade Sherbedzija
Director of Photography:
Dejan Dimeski
Tuomas Kantelinen, Vlatko Stefanovski
Principal Cast:
Rade Sherbedzija, Silvija Stojanovska, Lucija Sherbedzija, David Todosovski, Nebojsha Glogovac
Brief Synopsis:
Zoran, an eight-year old boy, is the hero of this story. It is through his eyes that we experience all the cruelty of war, the poverty, suffering and the images of the occupation of Skopje, the city which the Germans occupied in 1942 with the help of their Bulgarian allies. Zoran's father, Dushan is a member of the partisan forces. His uncle, Gheorgiy is also a member of the resistance who plays a part in the assassination of a high ranking German officer, as well as in the evacuation and transport of Jews to the free territories. However, he fails to save from deportation his neighbours and close friends, the Jewish family Rossman. Zoran's little friend Renata Rossman and her family are lead away by the Germans to a concentration camp. The loss of Renata is truly painful for Zoran. The Bulgarian secret police arrests Gheorgiy in a brutal manner. This is witnessed by his wife, Zoran's Aunt Lenche, which leads her to abort her unborn child in the seventh month of pregnancy. Gheorgiy is subjected to inhumane torture in prison. Zoran's Mother Litza flirts with a German officer, Hans Mueller who has moved in to live in Rossman's villa. Mueller intervenes and arranges for the Bulgarian police to release Gheorgiy from jail. The heavy beating that he received there has left Gheorgiy severely injured. His whole left side is paralysed and he has lost his ability to speak. Zoran is aware of the fact that his mother has some sort of affair with Hans Mueller. He often dreams of his father of whom his Uncle Gheorgiy says that he will soon liberate Skopje. Thanks to Litza's affair with Hans, her family never wants for food, but when the partisan army liberates the city, her lover is immediately liquidated. Litza faces the ignominy of being proclaimed a traitor, which leads her to commit suicide by drowning in the river Vardar. At the exact moment when Zoran's father rides on a white horse into town, a stray bullet kills Zoran's best friend Trajko. Freedom has finally arrived.
Production Companies:
Partysans Production
Georgi Dimitrov 46
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Lijeni Film
Tomasiceva 11
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia 

Art Films production AFP Ltd. 
Merimiehenkatu 10
00150 Helsinki, Finland

MP Film Production
Nova Cesta 60
10000 Zagreb, Croatia