Ilija Cvetkovski
Director Ilija Cvetkovski
Producer Atanas Georgiev – Trice Films
Cast Dionis Pashlakov, Grozdanka Pashlakova
Editor Atanas Georgiev
Camera Dragan Pakovski, Samir Ljuma, Ilija Cvetkovski, Sotir Ivanovski, Dimo Popov, Jane Jankov
Sound Aleksandar Gjorgevic, Zoran Prodanov, Ivica Jankulovski, Viktor Atanasov
Music Foltin
Year 2017
Length 66 min
Country Macedonia
Subtitles English
Screening Sunday 28 October | 15:15 hours | Filmtheater 't Hoogt, Utrecht

A fascinating documentary about a retiring professor who owns 115 rotten vintage cars, and his and his wife’s fantasy of opening a museum in a small uneventful town. The screening is followed by Q&A with the director Ilija Cvetkovski.


Dionis is a retiring biology teacher with a passion and a dream. He owns over a hundred rusty old cars, most of which don’t even work, and every night he sleeps next to them, dreaming of turning this unusual collection into a large museum. His passion and his dreams come with a price. Every night his younger wife sleeps alone and by day she makes ends meet by making wedding and birthday cakes. While dreaming of his project, surrounded by decaying cars, it is exactly in these piles of rust that Dionis finds the joy of existence. “Avec l’amour” is a simple story, but also a larger than life portrayal of the universal human saga represented through this old man – its love, its life. The film premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs in Toronto where Steven Spielberg said it’s one of the best documentary in years!