Macedonia’s entry for the Academy Awards Foreign Language Oscar, The Third Half is a moving tale that will appeal to both cineastes and fans of World Soccer.
Celebrated as the best film to come out of Macedonia and inspired by a true story, The Third Half meshes love, soccer and the persecution of the Macedonian Jewish community in this thrilling film bursting with Balkan spirit. Just as the pathetic Macedonian football team starts to make some progress with their new coach Rudolph Spitz (Richard Sammel), Nazi tanks roll through the city and Spitz is kicked off the team. Meanwhile, the beautiful daughter of a Jewish banker Rebecca (Katarina Ivanovska) falls in love with the star player and the team is forced to choose what it will fight for.
113 min / Macedonian, German, Bulgarian, Ladino, English (English subtitles)
Director — Darko Mitrevski
Category — Triumph of the Spirit