Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Year: 1997
Duration: 127 minutes
Directed by: Stole Popov
Screenplay by: Vladimir Blazevski, Stole Popov
Produced by: Gorjan Tozija, Jordanco Cevrevski
Leading Roles: Miki Manojlovic, Antony Zaki, Katina Ivanova, Bajram Severdzan, Toni Mihajlovski, Goran Dodevski, Jordanco Cevrevski, Saban Bajramovic, Bekir Adnan
This is a funny and yet a sad story of a Gypsy family of great dreamers making their 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 badly play the game of finding their way around in the dark. It is the story of people we meet every day and whose tragicomic fate rarely occupies our thoughts for more than one minute because they are not people who ever make the first five pages of the daily press.
Stole Popov was 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.