"Directions" Premiered At Cannes Film Festival On May 26
DIRECTIONS, a feature film directed by Stephan Komandarev, where Macedonia is one of the co-producing countries, had its premiere on May 26 in the competition of the prestigious programme “Un Certain regard”, within the jubilee 70th edition of Cannes Film festival – taking place May 17-28.
The official ceremony took place at 4.30 pm at Debussy hall and was attended by director Stephan Komandarev accompanied by the cast and crew, representatives from the production companies that have participated in the project and representatives from the funding bodies. The Macedonian co-producers – Vladimir Anastasov and Angela Nestorovska from the production company Sektor Film also attended the screening as well as the Macedonian Film Agency director, Mimi Gjorgoska Ilievska and representatives from the Macedonian Film Agency. The premiere was followed by a cocktail party in organization of the co-producing countries which took place at the SEE pavilion.
Aside from the official premiere, the film also had two screenings at Cannes Film Market on May 19 and 22. For the promotion of this significant success, the Macedonian Film Agency and the production company Sektor Film booked ads in the prestigious magazines The Hollywood Reporter (May 18) and Screen International (May 24).
DIRECTIONS is supported as a minority project by the Macedonian Film Agency and is a co- production between Argo Film (Bulgaria) Aktis Film (Germany) and Sektor Film (Macedonia). The film is supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Regional Film Fund MDM the Macedonian Film Agency respectively, and has also received support by Eurimages- European Cinema Support Fund.
DIRECTIONS is a contemporary drama which takes place within a period of 24 hours, intertwining the fates of a group of people in six taxi vehicles - heroes of the current Balkan reality. In one day we are witnessing some of the real problems, and even absurdities of today's society in this region.
Through the eyes of taxi drivers and customers around the streets, we can slowly feel the diversity of everyday life, even in its darkest hue. Individual stories are united by one death, which gives a chance for a new life.
Besides directing the film, Stephan Komandarev is also a scriptwriter, along with the young talented playwright Simeon Vencislavov. The Macedonian part of the author team consists of costume designer Zaklina Krstevska and makeup artist Martin Pavlovski. Macedonian producers of the film are Vladimir Atanasov and Angela Nestorovska.