Art Does not Depend on Money


Sara Klimoska played the leading role in the short film “Would You Look at Her”, directed by Goran Stolevski,that won The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction at the Sundance Film Festival. One of the jurors was Shirley Manson, the leading vocal of the cult band “Garbage”. She has played in several theatre performances in Skopje’s national theatres, independent productions and in one English performance in Budapest. She has played in the feature movie “Amok” and in several (7) short movies- Macedonian and French productions. She has participated in the talent campus of “Sarajevo Film Festival” in 2016. She is now preparing her next short film, taking place in France, directed by Thanasis Trou.

What happened to method acting? It seems now everything is intuitive… How do you prepare your roles (for film and for stage)?

I don’t use any particularly unified method to prepare a role. My approach of acting in general depends on the form of the project and the character’s needs and essentials. Naturally, I do use my intuition and basic instinct to play, but accompanied with a long process of researching and exploring all the possibilities of the character’s persona to grow into the complete image.

What is the greatest difference between acting for cinema and theatre?

The film allows the audience to experience the actor in a very close and intimate environment through each minimalistic expression, enough to convey the entire story. On the other hand, I like the liveliness of theatre without breaking and stopping the actor’s expression, forming real and strong bond with the audience.

What was your main task when preparing your role for this short? Social aspects, psychology, timing…    

From the moment I set my eyes on the script, I fell in love with the main character Ana. I could entirely relate to her feelings and justify her rebel attitude in such a socially conservative surrounding, yet by also using body language, I was able to fully build the character.


Are you a feminist- this short has many issues regarding gender?

Yes, and as a feminist, I truly relate to strong female characters that bring changes to a male patriarchal world. This short responds to a still pertaining problem in the 21st century, which is the dominance of male “superheroes” who are also supported by religions. So, this film could be understood as a part of the big revolution for gender equality taking place right now globally.

Artists in other countries are big rebels (e.g. all the changes in Eastern Europe were led by artists); here they are the first ones to sell themselves to something regressive. Do you think this is about to change?

Unfortunately, in my country the harsh economic situation forces even artists to bow to the government. I am not sure that this would change in a close future because every other government always cares for their own “children”, but I want to believe that artists will uphold their independence and will also contribute to the progress of the community.

Everywhere artists (including actors) have to do something for free. Do you think this is positive or an expression of frustration of societies?

Art does not depend on money but artists should have a decent income for their lives, but nowaday’s capitalism has damaged art, producing mega expensive pseudo-art products that are not valued for their esthetics, but because of successful marketing.

Igor Pop Trajkov

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