Truth-in-advertising laws are violated by DIY indie-film spoof “Movie,” which isn’t much of one. English-language black-and-white road comedy about a film director eluding backers while seeking truth reps a major stumble for Macedonian experimental helmer Ivo Trajkov after more finely balanced arthouse pics “The Past” and “The Great Water,” suggesting fest loyalty but little traction beyond that.
Trajkov plays a harried helmer who flees Prague in his g.f.’s car with an envelope of money diverted from his Russian funder. He claims a “so-called evil plan,” but instead falls in with maddeningly childlike “Hitchhiker” (Karel Zima, star of “The Past”) and mysterious waif “The Girl” (Madla Zimova). Trajkov’s annoyingly lispy delivery falls somewhere between Peter Lorre and Truman Capote, and the pic’s major gag, of offering onscreen printed advice to aspiring auteurs — “make your film without any professional experience!” — falls flat. “It’s my life and it’s my film,” whines Trajkov, essentially removing auds from the mix. Tech package is wearying, with a frantic hand-held camera and the incessant aural experimentation for which Trajkov is known. Pic was apparently shot in 2000, though to its credit, there’s no sign of age.