Original Title - PREVRTENO Released - 2007 Director - Igor Ivanov Producer - Vladimir Anastasov, Igor Nola Co Producer – Milko Josifov Production Companies - Sektor Film, Macedonia; Mainframe, Croatia Global Film Initiative, USA; Cinears, Serbia Screenplay - Venko Andonovski, Igor Ivanov Based upon the novel by - Venko Andonovski; "Navel of the World" Cinematographer - Tomi Salkovski Music - Zoran Spasovski Art Directors - Ivan Bartling, Igor Toshevski Editor - Igor Andreevski Costume Designer – Blanka Budak Make-up Artist- Radmila Todorovic Sound Designer - Nenad Vukadinovic Genre - Drama Format - 35mm Running time - 105’ Official website - www.prevrteno.com.mk
Jan - Milan Tocinovski
Lucija - Sanja Trajkovic
Pavel - Slavisha Kajevski
Petar - Nikola Ristanovski
Zhuzhu - Ines Bojanic
The Phys - Jordan Simonov
Ina - Elena Serafimovich
The Boss- Jovica Mihajlovski
Kiosk Lady - Marija Kondovska
Director of the Circus - Gjorgji Jolevski
Hideous corners of the city, scenes without a trace of sophistication, depressing enclosed spaces – this is the setting chosen for the desperate life drama of young Jan Ludvik. Its individual chapters are recalled as retrospectives by Jan himself as he travels in a train hurtling through the darkening landscape, in the company of a random female passenger whose miserable exterior renders her the embodiment of the bleakest of destinies.
Jan was a gifted student and, by some strange quirk of fate, also a talented circus artist, but the world in which he lives drives him only to self-destructive actions. Everything is marked by degradation, even love, for which cheap porn clubs are often an eloquent stage, and whose object is a palpably degenerate girl; several scenes are deliberately set in dingy, graffiti-covered urinals.
Upside Down presents a modernised version of the film expressionism of the past; in this case, the wasted life of an individual forms a parallel to the disintegration engulfing society as a whole, a society which lacks spiritual horizons.
- EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL, Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest, Romania (7 – 17 May 2009), Official Competition