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Award-winning Macedonian-born and Australian raised writer-director Goran Stolevski came to prominence with short films including WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER, winner of the Best International Short at Sundance 2018. Collectively his shorts played over 200 festivals worldwide including Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Melbourne and Raindance. He also directed three episodes of the fourth season of International-Emmy-winning series Nowhere Boys. Goran’s feature debut YOU WON’T BE ALONE is steeped in Macedonian folklore with a genre twist. Produced by Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings at Causeway Films (THE BABADOOK), with Focus Features handling worldwide distribution, YOU WON’T BE ALONE premiered in competition for the Grand Jury prize at 2022 Sundance Film Festival, receiving rave reviews from critics. The film stars Noomi Rapace (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), Carloto Cotta (DIAMANTINO, TABU), Anamaria Marinca (4 MONTHS 3 WEEKS 2 DAYS) and Alice Englert (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES).