The Third Half

Synopsis: Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change.
Director(s): Darko Mitrevski
  1 win & 1 nomination.
113 min

March 12, 2012. You're

watching the morning news.

Our domestic report begans

with a moving ceremony.

Seventy years have passed

since the Second World War

stormed through Macedonia,

taking away many innocent lives,

Including 97 percent of the

Jewish population.

In memory of these victims,

symbolic funeral urns

containing their ashes

were placed yesterday.

In the new Holocaust

Memorial Center.

In her message to the

people of Macedonia,

US Secretary of State

Hillary Rodham Clinton

stated that, until recently,

their perished fellow countymen

- were on1y painful memories.

- But as of today

these urns will be their

eternal grave and monument.

Look who's talking! You're

the spitting image of me, girl.

Prem Rebecca,

Queen of the Promenade,

that's what they used to call me!

People didn't mix

in those times...

The only way you'd meet one

of his kind was on the streets.

Old Serbia reveals: The Germans

are advancing through France!

Churchill appeals to Mussolini to

remain neutral! Fashion Pages:

The Claudette Colbert

hairstyle! Buy Old Serbia!

- A bagel for you, Miss Rebecca?

- Thanks.

You want some more,

you stinking scum?

You son of a whore...

- It's not half-time yet, striker!

- I believe he's addressing you.

Oh, yeah... We're kind of

redecorating. We're decorators.

- You coming, striker?

- Striker?

A football player. The one

that shoots and scores.

We didn't have an opportunity

to be properly introduced...

Kosta the Count. Enchante.

And you are?

We're nice girls who don't

talk to deadbeats.

We're not deadbeats

we're worldly decorators!

- You coming back or what?

- Your assistant's calling you.

Can't you wait a second?

Hey! Why don't you

join me for a coffee?

We shouldn't hold you up,

you've got a busy day.

Good luck with the decorating!

handsome as ancient gods,

carried the torch

from Greece to Germany.

...thousands of athletes

from all over the world...

Thousands of athletes

from all over the world..

...from France, Hungary,


- from France, Hungary, Egypt.

- All of them marched before

the Fhrer in the biggest

stadium you can imagine.

I had the privilege of

being there,

to witness the most magical

spectacle in the world:

The Olympic Games in Berlin!

- I wonder who paid for that trip.

- That lousy paper he works for.

They sent him as a correspondent.

He's come back like a little Goebbels.

...and one day, even footballers!

But not the kind of

footballers who hit the bottle

and fight with the Gendarmes!

Not thugs or savages! Only

true sportsmen and patriots.

Come on, Dimitriy! Kosta

promised this was the last time.

Don't you lecture me, Prof!

He screwed it up just in time.

You know who we're up

against today?

Serbian Sword.

The almighty Serbian

Sword from Belgrade!

Those Serbs will

kick the shit out of us!

Shut your trap, Skeptic!

When I said almighty.

- I didn't mean invincible.

- But they are well fed.

And they've got brand new

jerseys, those pansies!

So you should at least

show some self-respect!

Their gendarmes call you yokels.

Their teachers force you

to speak their language.

Their soldiers have taken over

your county. And now they

even want to erase its name.

Let me hear you, lads!

What's the name of our country?


And what's the name

of our team?


It's a holy name, damn it!

Ty not to dishonor it.

Buzz off, Gypsy!

Nice speech you gave

them, Dimitriy.

I've had it up to here with

provincial amateurs.

- Smart thinking!

- One day football will be

the most popular sport in Europe,

and these mutts will be ready

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Darko Mitrevski

Darko Mitrevski is a macedonian-born film director living in Los Angeles, California. His list of feature films includes Goodbye, 20th Century!, Bal-Can-Can, and The Third Half (the latter was the official Macedonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards). more…

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