Godina na Majmunot (Year of the Monkey) (Macedonia, 1 hr 52 min)

Directed by: Vladimir Blaževski

The two main protagonists of this black comedy are Tsobe, a poor warden at the Zoo in Skopje and the chimpanzee Coco, inhabitant at the same Zoo. The simple story tangles up with Coco’s escape from “captivity to freedom”. Tsobe, because of the general economic crisis and poverty, gets fired from his job but he also receives a promise that he would be taken back to work if he manages to track down and bring back the fugitive. In the wretched and transition-devastated country, the escaped chimpanzee causes big media uproar. Coco becomes a symbol of resistance and liberal tendencies, someone who has managed to break away from the enchanted circle of general entropy. That is how Tsobe’s mission for capturing the fugitive becomes traitorous. The absurdly comical mischief of the hunt for the run-away monkey, we partly follow through Coco’s perspective. He is kind of a mirror and silent witness of the sad and at the same time funny world that has lost its compass. And an unintentional tragicomic reason for people’s confrontation with their own fears and frustrations. He even becomes the flag of the revolt, disobedience and everything that a common person cannot be in an unfortunate country.