Time: 11:35 a.m. CEST
On Saturday, when the crowd will be gone and the improvised candle lights of the “MakeDox” creative film documentary festival will extinguish after Friday’s closing and award ceremony, some evanescent memories will slowly fade into the night to the rhythm of the feet on the Old Bazar’s cobblestone covered side streets. But, some memories will endure as the ending summer memories in the city, where the newer tries to mixture with the old stones residing in ages. Among those memories, the important moments on the memory shelf will be reserved for the tender and affable story about filming those with terminal diseases.
At first, with whimsical talent, the movie director Claudia Tosi and cinematographer Brand Ferro capture the last moments of Ivano and Meris who are in the hospice struggling with the terminal diseases, but choose to accept the film crew presence in the Italian clinic in their last days. Even though, with bittersweet approach, the movie as cinematographer Ferro said after the screening, enabled shade of light for this documentary characters, which resulted in well poetically structured and edited movie that brought the sound of the filmed nature’s rains, wind and water from the hospice window. Thus, the life termination acceptance, no matter reasons, is difficult subject for watching, but the movie offered the optimism even in the vanishing moments. The public, mostly consisted with a young audience, accepted the movie but some of them watched the movie with flabbergasted expression. Moreover, as a lot of the movies depend on the sound, the work of the sound designer Vladimir Rakic, who controlled that not even the sound of the nature disrupt the last moments of life and existence.
Only minutes earlier, on the plateau at Kurshumli out, somewhere between the modern concrete building and one of the historic mosques in the city, the public saw two movies in the “Russian Snow” program. In his movie with secretive title “Varicella,” Victor Kossakovsky offered a glimpse of the life of two sisters Nastia (13) and Polina (7), who have a big dream to become a soloist ballet dancer. The movie, which is a part of the series that follows talented-sport kids, brings the pupils performance of the élite ballet school in Russia, where the wistful tears accompanied the gracious ballet movements. The movie speaks about the real pressure to the children, which dream is big enough to scary even the spectators, who can only assume the hardships the ballet dancers live before entering the stage.
Those who stayed on the late-night screening enjoyed in Erik Gandini’s look at the Nordic way of life as he explores the individualism, happiness and freedom rising question if all those qualities of the solitudes really mean independence or isolation. “The Swedish theory of love” is Gandini’s latest movie, released in 2015 and in the region, the selectors in Zagreb decided to show the movie in February 2016 at the International Documentary Film Festival in Zagreb. Among many films Gandini recorded is “GITMO-The New Rules of War,” co-directed with Tarik Saleh, which offers views on the situation in the Guantanamo military base that was awarded in Seattle and Miami film festivals.
After the award ceremony with traditional onion figurines awards on Friday, the “MakeDox” festival will close this 7th edition by a screening of the documentary by Gianfranco Rosi, “Fire at Sea.” The movie, which Italian title is “Fuoccoamare” contrasts the lives of migrants arriving at a Sicilian island and the live of the local Italian residents. In the resplendent documentary, Rosi escapes masterfully use of talking heads on the screen and emotionally shows the co-existence of the local residents and real people arriving from the other side, who sometimes look like aliens depicted from a science-fiction movie, rather than exasperated human beings in search for a better life, away of their motherland in Africa.
After almost a week with selected movies and outdoor screening, it is a time for a farewell, and hopes that sometimes in the future powerful storytelling of the Macedonian documentaries will move into the main program of the festival. The powerful metaphors, some of the films show will shape new perspectives and frames to the audience.