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Neighbouring couples in a building in Skopje embark on an exploration of unconventional erotic relationships. Academy Award nominee Milcho Manchevski returns with another piece of art – to provoke and surprise.

Two marriages are on the rocks. A young, wealthy couple is on top of the world when a distant relative comes to live with them. Meanwhile, the neighbours below are middle-aged and feel left behind when the husband starts an affair with a woman at the local market, who sells a delicious Balkan dairy product called “kaymak”. Kaymak is a comedic love story that explores the eternal search for love while tackling more serious social issues such as surrogate parenting, infidelity, a woman’s role in family and society, human trafficking, and sexual liberty. The film travelled well from the East to the West and was warmly received by both the audience and juries.

SHOWTIMES | Special Guests: director Milcho Manchevski, producer Jane Kortoshev, coproducers Susan Schoonwater, Els Vandevorst, Isabella Depeweg

Friday, 24 November – 21:00

Saturday, 25 November – 16:50

KAJMAK | 2022 | 106 min | North Macedonia, Denmark, Netherlands, Croatia

PRODUCTIONJane Kortoshev – Banana Film, Scala Productions; Meta Film, N279 Entertainment, Jaako dobra produkcija
CASTSara Klimoska, Kamka Tocinovski, Aleksandar Mikic, Simona Spirovska
SCREENPLAYMilcho Manchevski
EDITINGEmiel Nuninga


Tokyo International Film Festival, 2022 – World Premiere | Porto International Film Festival, 2023 – Directors Week Jury’s Special Award | Film Festival Herceg Novi, 2023 – FEDEORA Jury Special Mention | Cinequest Film Festival California, 2023 – Best Feature Drama Award | Sarajevo Film Festival, 2023


Knowing that every film is a political film, I wanted to tell a love story for grown-ups. Life is too rich, too full of possibilities, people love in too many different ways for us to accept the hypocritical fairy tale of boy meeting girl, boy losing girl, boy getting girl, then living happily ever after in a missionary position. Who gets to decide what is right and what is wrong? What is normal? Is it society, the family, the individual? The “progressive” West or the “primitive” East?


Milcho Manchevski (1959) has directed seven features (Before the Rain, Dust, Shadows, Mothers, Bikini Moon, Willow and Kaymak), 50 short forms, and an episode of The Wire, winning over 50 international awards (Golden Lion in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, an Academy Award nomination, film of the year in several countries and awards for experimental film, MTV, commercial, etc). He lives in New York, where he writes fiction and essays, takes photographs, creates art, and teaches.