PRODUCTION: Andrey I. Volkashin Shoots Macedonian/Bulgarian/Croatian Debut Feature

    The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe Pomegranates by Andrey I. Volkashin shooting The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe Pomegranates by Andrey I. Volkashin shooting credit: Veda Film

    SKOPJE: Macedonian director Andrey I. Volkashin is currently in production with his debut feature The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe Pomegranates / Slatkata gorchina na zrelite kalinki, produced by Veda Film Productions. The film is a Macedonian/Bulgarian/Croatian coproduction.

    The script written by Volkashin himself follows Dora, a middle-aged housewife, who after quitting her job as a head nurse, devotes all her time to her family and orchard, until the day her husband rescues a wounded young woman. Dora takes her into their home to nurture her back to health, but falls madly in love with her. Torn by the fear of her own “unnatural feelings”, love turns into anguish and madness inside Dora, unleashing a series of desperate actions. 

    The main characters are played by four actresses from different generations: Zorica Nusheva in the lead role, Leo Popović, Ana Kostovska and Jana Nikodinovska.

    The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe Pomegranates is produced by Elena Stanisheva through Veda Film Productions in coproduction with Pavlina Angelova and Nikolay Todorov through Screening Emotions (Bulgaria) and Zvonimir Munivrana through Studio Corvus (Croatia). The film is supported by the North Macedonia Film Agency (with 308,943 EUR / 19 m MKD), the Bulgarian National Film Center (with 48,000 EUR), the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (with35,000 EUR) and Eurimages (with 48,000 EUR).

    The project was developed at TFL's Script Lab 2019 and awarded the APostLab 2022 postproduction award.

    The shooting started in the middle of April 2024 and continued on various locations in the municipalities of Gevgelija and Demir Kapija until 20 May 2024.

    Production Information:

    The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe Pomegranates by Andrey I. Volkashin shooting, credit: Veda FilmProducer:
    Veda Film Productions (North Macedonia)
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    Screening Emotions (Bulgaria)
    Studio Corvus (Croatia)

    Director: Andrey I. Volkashin
    Screenwriter: Andrey I. Volkashin
    DoP: Kiril Prodanov
    Editor: NevelinVulchev
    Production designer: Boyana Bachvarova
    Art director: Vlatko Cacorovski
    Costume designer: Ilina Cholak
    Makeup artist: Simona Ristevska
    Casting director: Kirijana A. Nikoloska
    Cast: Zorica Nusheva, Leo Popović, Ana Kostovska, Jana Nikodinovska, Gorast Cvetkovski, Aleksandra Peshevska