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Does It Hurt? (2007)

Boli li? Prvata balkanska dogma (original title)
DOGMA 95 exists for over 10 years now. But it has been living in the Balkans forever. A desperate Macedonian filmmaker swears it's time to kill DOGMA . But how far will she go to make it come true?


Aneta Lesnikovska


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Credited cast:
Irena Ristic
Igor Dzambazov Igor Dzambazov
Dejan Lilic Dejan Lilic ... Dejan
Visar Vishka Visar Vishka ... Visar
Bosko Bozadzievski Bosko Bozadzievski
Daniela Stojanovska Daniela Stojanovska
Miliana Dodevska Miliana Dodevska
Silvija Stojanovska Silvija Stojanovska
Kire Gorevski Kire Gorevski
Amernis Noksiki Amernis Noksiki
Vanesa King Vanesa King
Toni Mihajlovski
Jordanco Cevrevski Jordanco Cevrevski ... (as Danco Cevrevski)
Nikola Ristanovski
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miliana Lenak Miliana Lenak ... Miliana


A Macedonian filmmaker wants to make the first official Balkan Dogma film in Macedonia. She lies to her friends that she got financial support from the Zentropa producers. The film starts from the moment that she gathers her closest friends and asks them to join her in the quest for finding the right story for the film. She has decided to film the whole process from the very beginning and use it later for the making off. Following the four characters in their quest we discover Macedonia and the Balkans in 2006. The camera captures visual sequences of the absurdity, humor and survival techniques of a land and people in transition. The making off project ultimately becomes the true subject of the film. Written by Anonymous

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Dogma is dead!




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Lesnikovska's 'Balkan Dogme' is filmmaking at its finest
21 July 2020 | by Lynchian696See all my reviews

Facing a true story in a fake situation, Macedonian filmmaker Aneta Lesnikovska, in the double role of director and narrator behind the camera who lies to her friends that she got financial support from the Zentropa producers and to make a film on the lines of Dogme manifesto. The movement which put Danish directors firmly on the map; Dogme enforced rules of film-making that would concentrate on story and acting and limit the use of special effects or new technology. The goal was to 'purify' film-making and rescue it from 'bourgeois romanticism' - the rules included shooting only on location, having only natural sound and using hand-held camera without filters. The film was made in response to the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the Dogma manifesto. The film specifically highlights two things: In Macedonia, while arranging the idea of a dogme movie with fake situation which towards the end turns into a real film. The second issue is the secret filming with a mockumentary tone, where she captures the attention of the viewer through the use of both footage from the actual events involved and detailed re-creations with adding her narrative. The way the film blends these ideas, along with some wry humour is what makes it play so well. It has different movements, which while rather different all work in concert by the time all is done. It begins as what my friends call a "drunken session to do plan", momentarily becomes absurd, takes a turn towards the procedural, and ends with a sequence of 'will-they or won't-they?'. "Does It Hurt? The First Balkan Dogma" builds a compelling story of both courage and deceit. The experimentation offers a special 'look' that does not leave you indifferent and that can provoke interesting debates and reflections.

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Macedonian | English

Release Date:

27 January 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

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Boli li? See more »

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Skopje, Macedonia

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