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The Ordinary Eli

Fiction

SYNOPSIS

Short parallel between the people who are silent in everyday life and the fishes that live in silence and closed in an aquarium.  The whole story is a description of the inside state of the main character – Eli, a woman in her 50s who works in a museum as a security guard. She is very introvert and almost never talks. She secretly smokes, and her hobby is looking at touristic destinations and daydreaming about them. She has a pet fish. Every day she practices at home and gets ready to quit her job. Eli has a resigning speech prepared for her boss Milan, but doesn’t have the courage to speak up.  The loneliness of the modern man, the framed life, as living in a fish ball and the internal cry for freedom are the main motives of this short film. But the question is are they enough of a motive for Eli to leave her workplace and start living her life.

Film Participations Awards

Balkan Panorama Film Festival 2022– Nominee / Best National Short Film

Istanbul International Film Festival 2022– Nominee / Best Actress, Nominee / Best Short Film

Linz International Short Film Festival 2022– Nominee / Best Film, Nominee / Best Short Film, Nominee / Best Editing

Cast & Team

  • Cast: Izabela Novotni, Branko Atanasov, Matea Badarovska, Danica Georgievska, Kire Recijarevski, Kiril Penushliski, Tamara Ristoska, Suzana Stankovic
  • Writer: Lavinija Sofronievska
  • Producer: Ivana Shekutkoska, Petar Shimlesha
  • Cinematography: Vladimir Samoilovski
  • Editing- Sound Design: Martin Ivanov

Directed by

Lavinija Sofronievska

Country of Origin

North Macedonia

Production

North Macedonia

Production year

2022

Runtime

16 min.