Milcho Manchevski
Director , Scriptwriter



Born: October 18, 1959 in Skopje, Macedonia; Milcho Manchevski wrote and directed the feature films Before the Rain (1994), Dust (2001), Shadows (2007) and Mothers (2011), over 50 short forms, including Thursday (2013) and Tennessee for Arrested Development (1991). He has also been a director on HBO’s The Wire. He’s authored two exhibitions of photographs, works of fiction and performance art. Before the Rain won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc. The New York Times included Before the Rain on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made. Manchevski won awards for best experimental film (for 1.74) and best MTV video (for Tennessee, which Rolling Stone placed on the list of the 100 best videos ever). Dust was the opening-night film of the Venice Film Festival. Both Shadows and Mothers were the Macedonian Academy Awards entries. Mothers screened in the Panorama section of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. His films are part of the curricula at numerous universities worldwide, and have been discoursed at a number of conferences. The University of Leipzig (Germany) and the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) hosted academic conferences dedicated, respectively, to Before the Rain and Dust. He has published fiction, essays and op-ed pieces in New American Writing, La Repubblica, Corriere Della Sera, Sineast, The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Pravda. Manchevski has staged performance art with the group 1AM (which he founded) and by himself. He authored the (short) book of post-conceptualist fiction, The Ghost of My Mother and the (even shorter) book on faith and the plane of reality in a work of art, Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art. He is also author of two books of photographs Street (1999) and Five Drops of Dream (2010) which accompany the two photo exhibitions. He has lectured at a number of universities, cinematheques, art museums and art institutes, most notably as a head of directing studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' graduate film program. Manchevski's films have screened at more than two hundred festivals, and have been distributed in close to 50 countries (theatrically, TV, cable and video).



With the support of the Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe

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