REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, 1997
This is a funny and yet a sad story of a Gypsy family of great dreamers
making the last desperate efforts to find their way out of the Balkan Labyrinth
of absurdity, evil and misfortune. In terms of atmosphere and associations
that come to mind, the story explores a situation in which " one set of
rules of the social game have suddenly vanished and no longer apply, while
new ones are still being sought and established "..
The gypsies are just a picturesque background for the universal story of the rejected and maladjusted, of those who play badly the game of " finding their way around in the dark, people we meet every day and whose tragicomic fate rarely occupies our thoughts more- than-one-minute, because they are not people who ever make the first five pages of the daily press.
Born 1950 in Skopje,
Republic of Macedonia. Graduated film directing at the Academy of Theater,
Film and TV in Belgrade. His first film was the 1972 award-winning documentary
"99". Then he made FIRE, another short documentary that also was awarded
and was candidate for the OSCAR NOMINATION ( as a Yugoslav representative
) in 1974. In 1976 Stole Popov directed the full-length documentary AUSTRALIA,
AUSTRALIA ( Grand Prix - Golden Medal in Belgrade and also a Yugoslav candidate
for the Oscar Nomination ). His documentary DAE (1979) was nominated for
the OSCAR and won: Grand Prix in Oberhausen, Grand Prix at the Balkan Film
Festival, Silver Boomerang in Melbourne, Gold Medal in Belgrade and Diploma
in London. RED HORSE (1980) was his first feature ( he also co-scripted
the film). The film won the FEST Diploma in Belgrade as well as the FILMEX
Diploma at the San Francisco and Los Angeles Film Festivals. At the Yugoslav
Film Festival in Pula 1986, Stole Popov won the Grand Prix - Golden Arena
for his second feature
HAPPY '49. The film was the Yugoslav candidate for the Oscar Nomination, it won the Grand Prix in Porto Alegre, Brazil and it was in the Competition at the San Sebastian Festival. In 1992 Popov co-scripted and directed his third feature TATOO. The film was nominated for the European FELIX, won the " Golden Mimosa " at the Yugoslav Festival in Herzeg Novi and was a Macedonian candidate for the Oscar Nomination.
GIPSY MAGIC had its World Premiere in the Main Competition of the Montreal Film Festival this year.
Born in Tetovo in
1948. He graduated at the Academy for Theater, Film and TV in Zagreb in
the class of Professor Nikola Tanhofer. Since 1971 he worked for the National
( MRTV) as a cameraman and Director of photography. He realized numerous serials and programs of different genres using all types of cinematographic techniques, as well as hundreds of documentaries, documentary dramas and TV films ( "2001", "SNESHKA IS SMILING", "MY FATHER IZET", "A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC" . . . . ), lots of music serials and clips, shows and a great number of commercial clips.
He entered the cinematography world as a D.O.P. in the film " Wonderful World " by Srdjan Janakievich (1994) part of the first Macedonian omnibus " Light Grey", presented at the 15th International Film Camera Festival "Manaki Brothers" in Bitola the same year. The ten-years collaboration with Stole Popov on several commercial and music clips resulted in being the Director of photography on the latest feature film by Popov, GIPSY MAGIC.
Now, Mr. Trpeski is fully employed as a Professor for Film and TV Camera at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje.