LUNCH

2022 | Short Film | 25 min

Alexander Stoev (23) is a talented and awarded student of the Academy of Performing Arts. One morning he wakes up from a nightmare. He heads to the faculty as usual, but when he arrives, he finds out that all classes are postponed because of nutrition problems. He decides to use this unexpected free afternoon for a walk through the city center. He begins to encounter many strange people and unusual situations and notices a motif that seems to repeat itself – money.

Passing by a restaurant, he stops when he notices that all guests are being served coins on their plates. Confused, he continues the walk, when he notices two girls in the park cutting banknotes in half with a long sword. He continues to run into a number of strange situations. Unable to grasp what is going on, he starts to run as fast as he can, away from the city.

After the exhausting day he’s had, he’s starving and he enters a shop to buy some food. He’s overtaken by surprise again when he notices the store has only boxes of money on the shelves, and that’s what all customers have in their carts. Devastated, he comes back home with his purchase and puts the money he bought on a plate. He’s preparing to start eating, but still in denial, as his mental and emotional state are disturbed. He convinces himself that this is what he has to do and as soon as he’s about it get a taste of the money, he wakes up from a nightmare. Relieved that he is finally back to reality and it was all just a dream, he heads outside to cherish life as he knows it. But another surprise awaits around the corner.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Halicarnassus Film Festival – Best creative short 2022
Best Istanbul Film Festival – Best experimental short 2022
Lotus International Film Festival – Giant lotus award 2022
Better Earth International Film Festival – Best director, Best music 2022
Black Board International Film festival – finalist 2022
London Director Awards – official selection 2022

CREW

Writer & Director: Branko Popchevski
Producers: Nikola Kitanovski, Branko Popchevski
Director of Photography: Nikola Kitanovski
Editor: Ivona Popchevska
Costume Designer: Rade Vasilev
Makeup: Igor Petreski
Music: Branko Popchevski

CAST

Starring:
Toni Denkovski

Other roles:
Goce Todorovski, Katerina Shehtanska, Elizabeta Klincharevska, Krste Jovanovski, Dushica Stojanovska, Darko Veljic, Aleksandar Shehtanski, Martin Mingovski, Marko Bogdanovski, Zorica P. Panchic, Ljupcho Angelovski, Biljana Bajevska, Sanja Shuplevska, Neven Siljanovski, Elena Stavreska, Dana Siljan, Viktor Arsov, Vladimir Pugja, Aneta Mazneva, Mihaela Mazneva, Leontina Dimovska, Bankrot Bluz Bend – Sasho Gigov-Gish, Igor Atanasovski-Hare, Petar Rendzov

Alexander Stoev (23) is A talented and awarded student of the Academy of Performing Arts. One morning he wakes up from a nightmare. He heads to the faculty as usual, but when he arrives, he finds out that all classes are postponed because of nutrition problems. He decides to use this unexpected free afternoon for a walk through the city center. He begins to encounter many strange people and unusual situations and notices a motif that seems to repeat itself – money.

Passing by a restaurant, he stops when he notices that all guests are being served coins on their plates. Confused, he continues the walk, when he notices two girls in the park cutting banknotes in half with a long sword. He continues to run into a number of strange situations. Unable to grasp what is going on, he starts to run as fast as he can, away from the city.

After the exhausting day he’s had, he’s starving and he enters a shop to buy some food. He’s overtaken by surprise again when he notices the store has only boxes of money on the shelves, and that’s what all customers have in their carts. Devastated, he comes back home with his purchase and puts the money he bought on a plate. He’s preparing to start eating, but still in denial, as his mental and emotional state are disturbed. He convinces himself that this is what he has to do and as soon as he’s about it get a taste of the money, he wakes up from a nightmare. Relieved that he is finally back to reality and it was all just a dream, he heads outside to cherish life as he knows it. But another surprise awaits around the corner.

Halicarnassus Film Festival
Best creative short 2022

Best Istanbul Film Festival
Best experimental short 2022

Lotus International Film Festival
Giant lotus award 2022

Better Earth International Film Festival
Best director, Best music 2022

Black Board International Film festival
finalist 2022

London Director Awards
official selection 2022

Writer & Director: Branko Popchevski
Producers: Nikola Kitanovski, Branko Popchevski
Director of Photography: Nikola Kitanovski
Editor: Ivona Popchevska
Costume Designer: Rade Vasilev
Makeup: Igor Petreski
Music: Branko Popchevski

Starring:
Toni Denkovski

Co-starring:
Goce Todorovski, Katerina Shehtanska, Elizabeta Klincharevska, Krste Jovanovski, Dushica Stojanovska, Darko Veljic, Aleksandar Shehtanski, Martin Mingovski, Marko Bogdanovski, Zorica P. Panchic, Ljupcho Angelovski, Biljana Bajevska, Sanja Shuplevska, Neven Siljanovski, Bankrot Bluz Bend – SashoGigov-Gish, Igor Atanasovski-Hare, Petar Rendzov
Elena Stavreska, Dana Siljan, Viktor Arsov, Vladimir Pugja, Aneta Mazneva, Mihaela Mazneva, Leontina Dimovska