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DirectorSvetozar Ristovski
ProducerSvetozar Ristovski, Igor Nola, Galina Toneva, Guillaume de Seille, Kiril Kirilov – Small Moves Films, MP Film Production, Gala Film, Arizona Productions
WriterSvetozar Ristovski, Grace Lea Troje
CastVedran Zivolic, Dejan Lilic, Natasa Petrovic
EditorAtanas Georgiev, Benoit Delbove
CameraDejan Dimeski
MusicSa. 12 Nov. 17:30 hours
We. 16 Nov. 19:30 hours
Original TitleЛазар
Length105 min

Macedonian director, living in Canada, became known for his remarkable debut ‘Mirage’ and comes back now with another relevant and compelling human drama.


Lazar works as a decoy who distracts the police and oversees the transfer of illegal immigrants across the border with the EU. Intelligent and discreet, he lives under the patronage of a local mobster and is able to support his family with the money he makes from trafficking. He falls in love with a young student, a stranger to his world and contemplates changing his life. But happiness is not an easy path and Lazar is faced with an impossible decision. Ristovski brought together great actors from different parts of the region for this film.

Deze Macedonische directeur, woonachtig in Canada, werd bekend door zijn opmerkelijke debuut ‘Mirage’. Nu is hij terug met een ander relevant en boeiend menselijk drama.


Lazar werkt als lokaas. Hij leidt die de politie af en houdt toezicht op de oversteek van illegale immigranten over de grens van de EU. Hij leeft, discreet, onder het beschermheerschap van een lokale gangster en is in staat om zijn gezin te onderhouden met het geld dat hij verdient aan mensenhandel. Dan wordt hij verliefd op een jonge student, iemand uit een totaal ander milieu, en hij overweegt zijn leven te veranderen. Maar de weg naar geluk is niet gemakkelijk en Lazar moet een onmogelijke beslissing nemen. Voor deze film bracht Ristovski grote acteurs uit verschillende delen van de regio bij elkaar.


Pula Film Festival, 2016 – Audience Award and Best Acting Performance
Skopje Film Festival, 2016
Sofia International Film Festival, 2016
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2016
Warsaw International Film Festival, 2015
CinEast Film Festival, 2015
Cinemed International Festival of Mediterranean Films, 2015
International Cinematograpers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers, 2015