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ENFF On Tour in Amsterdam: The Secret Ingredient

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

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.


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…

Festivals & Awards (selection)

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 | Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2017 – Audience Award

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