Macedonia sends The Liberation of Skopje to the Oscars
by Vladan Petkovic
- The Second World War epic, the directorial debut of famous actor Rade Šerbedžija, will represent Macedonia at the Academy Awards
The Liberation of Skopje [+see also:
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Based on the seminal Yugoslav theatre play by Dušan Jovanović, the film is a Second World War epic, made in co-production between Macedonia's Partysans and Kino Oko, Croatia's Lijeni Film and Mainframe Productions, Finland's Art Films Production, and the UK's Film and Music Entertainment.
Besides Rade Šerbedžija,the cast includes Finnish actor Mikko Nousiainen, Lucija Šerbedžija, Silvija Stojanovska, David Todosovski and Petar Mirčevski. The music was composed by Macedonian guitar maestro Vlatko Stefanovski and Finnish composer Tuomas Kantelinen, Macedonia's Dejan Dimeski was the DoP, and the film was edited by Nicolas Gaster (Coriolanus [+see also:
film profile], Moon [+see also:
This is the directorial debut by Rade Šerbedžija, a living legend of Yugoslav cinema and the Balkans' internationally best-known actor, who starred in numerous Hollywood productions, including Eyes Wide Shut and, most recently, The Legend of Hercules.