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Punk’s Not Dead (Pankot ne e mrtov)


Feature, Comedy

104 mins

Vladimir Blazevski

R (18+)

Macedonian, English



Mirsa is the former singer in what was once the most popular punk band in Macedonia, but it broke up years ago. He’s now forty, still living with his mother, and he occasionally sells drugs for Albanian dealer Gzim, who in return supplies him with grass on the cheap. Then one day Gzim comes up with an idea: Mirsa ought to get his band back together so they can perform at a benefit concert in Debar, a Macedonian city with an Albanian majority population. Mirsa has an almost herculean task ahead of him: after a period of 17 years, to locate and convince all the band members, some of whom left Macedonia after the break-up of Yugoslavia, to perform together once again in concert. On a minimum budget, director and screenwriter Vladimir Blaževski has turned in a punchy independent road movie about people for whom punk isn’t just music, it’s their whole life. He also uses black humour and insight to touch upon more serious issues and, thanks to the documentary techniques he employs in the film, he manages to achieve a sense of absolute conviction. –KVIFF


Interview with director Vladimir Blaževski about Punks Not Dead at the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, 2011 [English] Including clips from the film


  • EAST OF THE WEST “Crystal Bear” Award – International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, 2011
  • The MEDIA Award – Tirana Film Festival, Albania, 2011
  • “Best Film” – Tirana Film Festival, Albania, 2011
  • “Best Actor” Film Festival in Prizren,Kosovo, 2011
  • “DIALOGUE Prize” for Intercultural Communication on Festival of East European Cinema, Cottbus, Germany, 2011
  • FEDEORA Award – Euro-Mediterranean Film Festival, Koper – Slovenia, 2011
  • “Golden Goddess” Special Jury Prize, PriFilmFest, Pristina, 2011
  • “Golden Mimoza” for Best Male Role – Montenegro Film Festival, Herceg Novi, 2011
  • Awarded at Cinema Mundi International Film Festival, 2012
  • Audience Award – Sofia International Film Festival, 2012
  • Best Screenplay – Monaco Charity Film Festival, 2012


  • International Short Film Festival Asterfest, Strumica, Macedonia, 2012 (in honor of the director Vladimir Blazevski)
  • European Film Festival Palic, Serbia (in competition) , 2011
  • Motovun Film Festival, Croatia (nominated for Bauer Award) , 2011
  • Film Screenplay Festival, Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia, 2011
  • Film Meetings Festival, Nis, Serbia (actor’s festival), 2011
  • Raindance Film Festival, London – UK, 2011
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, 2011
  • Sligo New Music Film Festival, Ireland, 2011
  • Gijon International Film Festival, Spain, 2011
  • Kolkata International Film Festival, India, 2011
  • Leskovac International Film Festival , Serbia, 2011
  • Belgrade Author’s Film Festival, Serbia, 2011

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