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Kontakt

A urmudgeonly jailbird and a mentally fragile young woman fall sort-of in love in Skopje-set dramedy "Kontakt." Recently picked up for Austro-German distribution, pic could make contact with auds in Central Europe and particularly Balkan territories.

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With: Nikola Kojo, Labina Mitevska, Petar Mircevski, Vesna Petrushevska, Vladimir Endrovski, Emil Ruben, Gjuner Ismail, Bedija Begovska.

A curmudgeonly jailbird and a mentally fragile young woman fall sort-of in love in Skopje-set dramedy “Kontakt.” Some heavy political overtones are threaded into the script by Gordan Mihic, who penned “Time of the Gypsies” and “Black Cat White Cat” for Emir Kusturica. But in the hands of German-born docu helmer Sergej Stanojkovski, film ends up as a sentimental but inoffensive romance, boosted by robust lead perfs. Recently picked up for Austro-German distribution, pic could make contact with auds in Central Europe and particularly Balkan territories.

When Janko (Serbian star Nikola Kojo) and Zana (Labina Mitevska, “Before the Rain”) are released from jail and a loony bin, respectively, their common relation, Novak (Petar Mircevski), helps them settle in at Zana’s crumbling family manse. Although Janko prefers to spend his free time cavorting with prostitutes, and shy Zana is haunted by memories of her husband’s infidelity and father’s arms dealing, the two eventually develop a chaste emotional bond. The good will that the pic builds is spoiled by a silly ending that wouldn’t have washed in a Victorian melodrama. Tech package features expressive lighting by lenser Tomislav Pinter.

Kontakt

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Production: An Eastwest Filmdistribution (in Austria) release of a busse & halberschmidt(Germany)/Skopje Film Studio (Macedonia) production. (International sales: Eastwest, Vienna.) Produced by Marcelo Busse, Markus Halberschmidt. Executive producer, Vladimir Anastasov. Directed by Sergej Stanojkovski. Screenplay, Gordan Mihic.

Crew: Camera (color) Tomislav Pinter; editor, Andrea Pugner; music, Peer Raben, Michael Bauer; production designer, Ivan Bartling; costume designer, Rade Vasilev. Reviewed at Crossing Europe Film Festival (competing), Linz, Austria, April 26, 2006. Macedonian dialogue. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Nikola Kojo, Labina Mitevska, Petar Mircevski, Vesna Petrushevska, Vladimir Endrovski, Emil Ruben, Gjuner Ismail, Bedija Begovska.

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