Picture This! Entertainment has acquired North Americanrights to Svetozar Ristovski's Mirage (Ilujiza), a Macedonian -language coming of age tale that hasbeen an official selection at festivals including Toronto, Tokyo and Rotterdam.
Picture This! plans a November 2005 theatrical release forthe film, which was acquired from Small Moves Ltd.
Ristovski, who previously made the documentary Joy ofLife, directed and produced the film, andco-wrote the script with Grace Lea Troje.
Child actor Marko Kovacevic - who received a best actornomination at the 2004 Tokyo Festival for his performance - stars as a youngboy living in the lawless society of post-Balkan War Macedonia. Looking for away to escape, the boy finds himself torn between two role models - a teacher anda mercenary.
The deal was negotiated by Douglas Witkins of Picture This! andNathan Tichenor of Crescent Releasing on behalf of Small Moves.