Project Description

To the Hilt –A Macedonian Story

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]acedonia, a small country in the heart of the Balkans, is five hundred years under the Turkish yoke. The action takes place in the bloody post-revolutionary period after 1903, more precisely in the first decade of the 20th century. “To the Hilt” is a love quadrangle between with the typical Balkans paradox lifted up to the level of the undisputed philosophical maxima: “Fuck life if you are not ready to die for it”.

This is a film about the dialectical encounter between the myths and the anti-myths, a film in which legends and storytelling face the ongoing reality of the cruel life through The film unveils a harsh though romantic story in which the eternal Macedonian cause for own identity and independence is seen from the angle of illusion and relativity of freedom, justice, love, happiness, sacrifice, frauds and treason. All experienced with catharsis that rises up to the hilt. To be more precise, all of the action is marked a cruel though romantic rebel, a merciless naturalized Turkish officer, an educated wealthy father’s son and a lucid, spoiled but avantgarde European woman who wants to have three of them wrapped around her little finger.

Macedonian history full of super historical absurd. It’s an Anti Western, a counterpart of the traditional American Western or something we can freely call Macedonian Eastern. This film breaks down the barriers of the space where western and eastern civilization have intertwined for centuries

Short Description

Year of production: 2014
Category: Drama, action, history
Color: Dolby Digital
Run time: 165min.
Director&co-writer: Stole Popov
Writer: Goran Stefanovski
Director of fotography:Apostol Trpeski
Music: Duke Bojadziev
Production Design: Milenko Jeremic
Costume Designer: Emilija Ivanovska
Danco Chevreski
Milivoe Gjorgjrvic
Sector Film


Tereza Inti Sraj
Krsto Sasko Kocev
Filja Martin Jordanovski
Muzafer Toni Mihajlovski
Ana Iskra Veterova
Boro Senko Velinov
Bogdan Miki Manijlovic
Agent Nikola Kojo
Cvetko Nikola Ristanovski
Shishe Dragan Spasov - Dac
Kaval Gorazd Cvetkovski

To the Hilt –A Macedonian Story

To the Hilt –Film Festivals& Awards

International Festivals: Prague ( Czech Republic), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Munchen (Germany), Blaknan New Film Festival, Malmo, Stockholm(Sweden), Bitola (Macedonia),


  • Public award for the best film on the Balkan New Film Festival  (Stockholm, Malmo, Sweden 2016)

  • Best Actress  –  Inti Sraj(LIFFE, Serbia)

  • Macedonian Nominee for Oscar 2014

Photo Gallery from the film