Secret Ingredient
Directed by Gjorce StavreskiItalian title: Ingrediente segreto [t.l.]
Republic of Macedonia / 2017 / 104’
Blagoj Veselinov (Vele), Anastas Tanovski (Sazdo), Aksel Mehmet (Dzhem), Aleksandar Mikic (Mrsni), Miroslav Petkovic (Koki), Dime Iliev (Tode), Simona Dimkovska (Jana)

Skopje, Macedonia. With the economy in recession and wage payments months overdue Vele, a mechanic who work in a train depot, struggles to afford medicine for his ailing father afflicted with a cancer. When he accidentally finds in a wagon a packet of marijuana, clandestinely smuggled and hidden on an incoming train, he steals it to make a cake for his father, to relieve his pains and passing it off as an experimental new treatment. Soon the grapevine is buzzing with news of Vele’s miraculous healing powers and he suddenly finds himself cornered by an odd-couple of gangster goons on the trail of the drugs and the nosy neighbors who queue outside his apartment door to clamor the recipe for the “healing” cake.

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