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    Macedonia sends 'Third Half' to Oscars
    Wartime soccer drama defeats 'Tears,' 'Remix'
    By Nick Holdsworth
    MOSCOW — Darko Mitrevski's wartime soccer film "The Third Half" was submitted Thursday as Macedonia's entry for the foreign-language Oscar.

    One of a recent spate of films from Eastern Europe about soccer and ethnic and national loyalties during wartime occupation by the Germans, the film beat Teona Strugar Mitevska's "Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears" and omnibus feature "Skopje Remix" for the national nomination, Darko Basheski, head of the Macedonian Film Fund told Variety.

    Set in Macedonia, then part of Yugoslavia, following the Nazi invasion and based on a true story, the film follows the fortunes of FC Macedonia and their German-Jewish coach Rudolph Spitz who led them to victory in a championship in the Nazi soccer league.

    Replete with the divided loyalties common at the time, plot involves a love affair between a rough diamond soccer player Kosta (Sasko Kovec) and beautiful wealthy Jewish girl Rebecca, a debut by New York-based Macedonian model Katarina Ivanovska.

    Germany's Richard Sammel, who had minor roles in "Inglourious Basterds" and "Life Is Beautiful," plays Spitz.

    Film is produced by Skopje's Kino Oko, I/O Post in Prague and Los Angeles' The Little Film Company, which is also handling international sales.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for foreign-language film on Jan. 15. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118059184?refcatid=13

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    I haven't watched the movie yet, but it looks promising. Great actors, great director…

    However, I dislike the focus of the movie on the holo*aust. We've been forced with this stories long enough. This is seen so many times.
    However, ordinary people always buy the "touching and sad misfortune" of the J**s in WWII. Well played by the director, I must say. Hollywood is much like a Je*ish convention, they'll like this movie a lot.  ;D

    But I don't get why Bulgarians are getting so much pissed off about this movie? Has anyone seen it yet?

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    I haven't watched the movie yet, but it looks promising. Great actors, great director…

    However, I dislike the focus of the movie on the holo*aust. We've been forced with this stories long enough. This is seen so many times.
    However, ordinary people always buy the "touching and sad misfortune" of the J**s in WWII. Well played by the director, I must say. Hollywood is much like a Je*ish convention, they'll like this movie a lot.  ;D

    But I don't get why Bulgarians are getting so much pissed off about this movie? Has anyone seen it yet?

    I haven't seen it yet, but it does look good. The Bulgars don't like it because it shows the truth about their alliance with the Nazis and their treatment of Jews and Macedonians.

    http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n287658


    Vecer, Macedonia: No trace of Bulgarian journalists in Bitola

    17 September 2012 | 13:42 | FOCUS News Agency
    Home / Southeast Europe and Balkans

    Skopje. “We saw neither Bulgarians, nor an anti-Bulgarian film. Neither did we hear anti-Macedonian messages at the premiere of the film The Third Half at the opening of the Brothers Manaki film festival in Bitola,” comments the Macedonian newspaper Vecer on Monday.
    According to the daily the premiere got loud applause from the audience.
    “Despite the expectations, there were no Bulgarian provocations at the press conference,” says Vecer.
    At the press conference director Darko Mitrevski showed piles of documents “certifying the Bulgarian occupation in Macedonia in order to put an end to the comments that this is an anti-Bulgarian film.”
    “They say I raised their flags next to the flags of the Third Reich. Here is a photograph showing the Bulgarian flag next to the flag of the Third Reich. I was accused of framing up stories of public execution of children. Here is the list of names of shot children,” said the director and read out the names.

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