LevelK has boarded international sales for the Macedonian-set drama Kaymak by Milcho Manchevski, best known for his 1994 Venice Golden Lion winner Before The Rain.
Kaymak will world premiere in competition in Tokyo.
The ensemble cast includes Sara Klimoska (Willow, You Won’t Be Alone), Kamka Tocinovski (Punk’s Not Dead, Angels Fallen), Aleksandar Mikic (Secret Ingredient), Ana Stojanovska (Mothers), Simona Spirovska and Filip Trajkovikj.
The “irreverent, unconventional and poignant love story” is about two different sets of neighbours in Macedonia: a young rich couple who have to welcome a distant relative in their home; and the middle-aged neighbours in a crumbling house who feel left behind.
Manchevski said: “I wanted to tell a love story for grown-ups. Life is too rich, too full of possibilities, people love in too many different ways for us to accept the hypocritical fairy tale of boy meeting girl, boy losing girl, boy getting girl, then living happily ever after in a missionary position.”
Jane Kortoshev (Willow) produces for Banana Film with executive producer Ian Prior of the UK’s Scala Productions and co-producers Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen and Mette Børch at Denmark’s Meta Film, Els Vandevorst and Isabella Depeweg of Netherlands-based N279 Entertainment, Siniša Juričić of Nukleus film/JDP in Croatia and Macedonian National TV.
The film was supported by the North Macedonia Film Agency, Danish Film Institute, Netherlands Film Fund & Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Eurimages and Croatian Audiovisual Centre.