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The Third Half (2012)

Treto poluvreme (original title)
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Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change.


Darko Mitrevski


Darko Mitrevski, Grgur Strujic (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katarina Ivanovska Katarina Ivanovska ... Rebecca
Sasko Kocev Sasko Kocev ... Kosta
Richard Sammel ... Spitz
Rade Serbedzija ... Don Rafael
Emil Ruben Emil Ruben ... Garvanov
Mitko Apostolovski Mitko Apostolovski ... Dimitriy
Verica Nedeska Verica Nedeska ... Jamilla
Igor Angelov Igor Angelov ... Afrika
Toni Mihajlovski ... Pancho
Gorast Cvetkovski Gorast Cvetkovski ... Skeptic
Oliver Mitkovski Oliver Mitkovski ... Yordan
Ivica Dimitrijevic Ivica Dimitrijevic ... Prof
Aksel Mehmet Aksel Mehmet ... Shiljo (Goofy)
Dimitrija Doksevski Dimitrija Doksevski ... Gengys
Milan Tocinovski Milan Tocinovski ... Manga


Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change.

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Release Date:

27 September 2012 (Republic of Macedonia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kino Oko, fx3x, I/O Post See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The official submission of Macedonia to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »


The film contains several factual mistakes that are very easy to be checked, because there is a video and photo archive of this football match between FC Makedonia and FC Levski in the archive ot SS.Cyril and Metodius National Library in Sofia. For example, nowhere in the meeting is not waving Nazi flags, like shown in the movie. The film argues that the players of FC Levski raise their hands in a Nazi salute "Heil Hitler", but as the link below shows that hands of both of the teams are raised and it is not a Nazi salute, but simply hands raised in the air. At the second photo from the link below you may see that actually as a Nazi salute "Heil Hitler" have raised the players of FC Macedonia. One more factual mistake is that at the movie is shown that the Bulgarian administrative and military authorities are deporting the Jews from Skopie and two more cities to the gas chambers of Treblinka. The truth is that the Bulgarian police at this area is under german control. Factual mistake is that on the carriages used for the Jews deportation is written "BDZ" (Bulgarian State Railways), but at the photos from the same period is visible that this is not true, because in fact the carriages arrives from Germany and they belong to the Third Reich. See more »

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An opportunity to score goals on the long third half
21 November 2013 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

The movie was inspired by the true story of a football team with the backdrop of second world war. It is all about the football revolution in a small country in the south-eastern Europe. The movie kinda reminds me 'Montevideo' which is also tells about the country's dream to participate in the first edition of the football world cup. More or less both the stories sets in the same era with a decade or two difference.

The opening was very similar to 'Madrasapattinam' where a woman in her 70s wants to go back to her native place in Europe. So she leave the States with her granddaughter and soon after arrived there she begins to re-encounters her flashbacks. She was the daughter of a wealthy man in the town who fall in love with a football player which is against her fathers will. But in the other side, inexperience football team is yet to register their first victory. So they hire a German coach to make the best club in the country. The team begins to show some positive sign but yet to face another difficulty when the country is occupied by the Nazi Germans. With all these troubles the team must rise from the ground.

No offence but frankly to say I never heard Macedonia before. From this beautiful movie I came to know it and hope same that it would reach every corners of the world. When it come to the movie, it tells the tale from certain aspect especially from that old woman and what she witnessed. There's other cruel side too where Hitler's Administration kills many Jews which is not in the movie. The filmmakers avoided the cruelty portions of the story and portrayed only from young love and the team's perspective. Still there are couple killing scenes and a half nude in it.

The end speech was very good. When I thought the end was very usual, the powerful lines spoken by the lead female made movie further stronger to end. Yeah that one was indeed very good and it explains the meaning of title very well.


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