The Secret Ingredient | October 20 | Rialto

Join us On Tour in Rialto Amsterdam and watch a Dutch premiere of an outstanding black comedy THE SECRET INGREDIENT, Macedonia’s submission for the Oscars. Gjorce Stavreski’s film, which he wrote, directed and produced, is a ‘tragicomic gem that could well end up charming its way into niche distribution beyond the festival circuit’, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Screening time:
Saturday, October 20 | 15:00 hours
Ceintuurbaan 338
1072 GN Amsterdam


Social distress, economic hardship, attempted suicide, family tragedy, illegal drugs, violent thugs and late-stage, metastasized lung cancer are the ingredients of this intriguing debut film about good intentions going really bad. The story follows Vele, an underpaid train mechanic who uses stolen marijuana to make a cake for his father to relieve his cancer pain. Suddenly, he finds himself cornered by the criminals who want their drugs back and the nosy neighbours who want the recipe for the “healing cake”. Expecting the worst, all of sudden an actual miracle occurs… A fantastic black comedy that won the Audience Award at the Thessaloniki FF and several jury prizes at prestigious film festivals worldwide.


Original title: Iscelitel
Country: Macedonia/Greece
Year: 2017
Length: 102 min
Director: Gjorce Stavreski
Screenwriter: Gjorce Stavreski
Editing: Martin Ivanov
Director of Photography: Dejan Dimeski
Cast: Blagoj Veselinov, Anastas Tanovski, Aksel Mehmet, Aleksandar Mikic, Miroslav Petkovic, Dime Iliev, Simona Dimkovska
Music: Branislav Nikolov, Pece Trajkovski, Goce Jovanoski
Produced by: Gjorce Stavreski – Fragment Film; Graal S.A.
Language: Macedonian
Subtitles: English


LET’S CEE Film Festival, 2018 – Best Debut Film | Sofia International Film Festival, 2018 – Special Mention | Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2018 – Best International Feature | Aubagne International Film Festival, 2018 – Best Feature Film | Bergamo Film Meeting, 2018 – Best Film | Tromsø International Film Festival 2018 | Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2017 – Audience Award | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2017