WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER

Goran Stolevski
Director Goran Stolevski
Producer Tomi Salkovski, Dimitar Minov, Kristijan Burovski – Black Cat Production; Skopje Film Studio
Writer Goran Stolevski
Camera Naum Doksevski
Editor Goran Stolevski
Cast Sara Klimoska, Igor Angelov, Pirunika Kiselicki, Milica Stojanova, Antonija Belazeskoska, Milica Stojano-va, Zarko Jovanovik
Sound Bratislav Zafirovski
Original Title VIDI JA TI NEA
Year 2017
Length 19 min
Country North Macedonia
Subtitles English
Section Short Films, Big Stories
Screening Saturday 9 November | 10:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Saturday 9 November | 14:30 hours | Theater en Filmuis Dakota

A stubborn girl finds the unlikely solution to all her problems in an all-male religious ritual.

Synopsis

A misfit, 18-year-old Aneta, is bullied at school for her feelings towards female friend and for her tomboy attitude. As any teenager, her life revolves around her mobile phone. In one of the incidents, her phone was tossed off the bus and crashed. In order to get a new one and solve a problem of a broken TV at home, Aneta decides to confront the local priest to let her participate in a centuries-old all-male church ritual of retrieving a cross from the river. The winner of the ritual will receive a brand new mobile phone and a TV set. If allowed, she will have to compete against the same bullies that harass her.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Sundance Film Festival, 2018 – Short Film Jury Award | Clermont-Ferrand International Short FF, 2018 | Manaki Brothers, International Cinematographers’ Film Festival, 2017 – Best Cinematographer | LET’S CEE Film Festival, 2018 – Best Short Film | Wiz-Art, Lviv International Short FF, 2018 – Grand Prix | Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, 2018 – Best International Short Film | Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, 2018 – Grand Prix

Director's bio

Goran Stolevski was born and grew up in North Macedonia before migrating to Australia as a teenager. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. He won the Ruben Mamoulian Best Director Award at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival with You Deserve Everything, before attending the Berlinale Talent Campus and MIFF Accelerator as well as receiving the $50,000 Lexus Fellowship for his short film My Boy Oleg. His 25 shorts have screened at more than hundred festivals across six continents, including the Clermont-Ferrand, Melbourne, Raindance, Adelaide, London Shorts. He is an alumnus of Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator initiative. He is director of three episodes of the next season of a popular Australian adventure series Nowhere Boys. He has written nine feature scripts and his tenth, You’ll Love Me, has received a development grant from Screen Australia.