Director: Vladimir Blazevski
Starring: Jordanco Cevrevski, Flora Dostovska, Toni Mihajlovski, Jordan Simonov, Kamka Tocinovski
Language: Macedonian, Albanian, English, Serbian
Duration: 101 min.
Mirsa, once the singer of Macedonia's most popular punk band, is now a washed out 40 year old living in the slums. One day he gets a once in a lifetime offer to perform for a 'multi-cultural' event in a neighboring Albanian town, and he hits the road with his best friend Ljak and girlfriend Nina in search of his former bandmates.
Punk's Not Dead is a film written and directed by Macedonian filmmaker Vladimir Blazevski. It screened at the 2011 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where it was unanimously awarded the East of West prize "for the contagious energy with which a band of friends pursue their passion and resist conformism". It is also Macedonia's entry to the 2012 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.
A black comedy road movie following a group of past-their-prime punk rockers trying to reunite after 17 years for one more show. It's centered around Mirsa (Jordan Simonov), the foul mouthed former singer who never grew up, as he travels across the former Yugoslavia along with his on and off girlfriend Nina (Kamka Tocinovski), and his best friend and drummer Ljak (Toni Mihajlovski), in search of their remaining bandmates, so they can play the gig.
It plays out like your typical road film, moving from one strange location to the next, running into the occasional spots of trouble and inadvertent detours, and meeting up with oddball characters along the way. Not very original or substantial, but very funny at times and the characters are lovable losers who are amusing to watch.
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