Does it hurt? is a mockumentary shot according to the dogma rules and it is based on real events and characters situated in the heart of the Balkans, Macedonia. Aneta, a Macedonian Filmmaker, who lives and works in Holland, comes up with the idea to make the first official Balkan dogma film in Macedonia on the 10th anniversary of the Dogma 95 Manifesto. She tricks the Zentropa producers into believing that she got a story ready and the financial support from the Macedonian Ministry to make the first Balkan Dogma film in order to get their letter of intent. The mockumentary starts from the moment that Aneta gathers four of her closest friends and shows them the letter of intent that she got from Zentropa and asks them to join her in the quest for finding the right story for the filmmaking them believe that Zentropa will finance the film if they come up with a good story. She has decided to film the whole process from the very beginning and use it later for the making off. Throughout the whole film she is behind the camera and we never see her. She is following the four characters in their quest to find the best story for the dogma film and we discover Macedonia and the Balkans anno 2005. Aneta’s camera captures visual sequences of a land and people in transition. The making off project becomes ultimately the true subject of the film which turns up to be a modern story about the urban life of young people on the Balkans, their fears, hopes and dreams. Due to unpredictable circumstances Aneta fails to make the Dogma, but just when it seems that all is lost a light shows at the end of the tunnel. What was meant to be the First Balkan becomes the last Dogma film.
Partners & financing
AKA Film - Macedonia
Concordia Pictures - Kosova,
NFI - Nederlands Film Institute - Productions, Holand