Milcho Manchevski

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Milcho Manchevski
Born Milcho Manchevski
(1959-10-18) October 18, 1959 (age 54)
Skopje, FPR Yugoslavia
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor
Years active 1978 – present

Golden Lion 1994 Before the Rain
Silver Condor for Best Foreign Film
1995 Before the Rain
Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film
1995 Before the Rain
MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video
1992 "Tennessee"
Billboard Music Award for Best Video: New Pop/Rock Act

1992 "Tennessee"
Macedonia Timeless - Archeology
Macedonia Timeless - Temples
Macedonia Timeless
Before the rain
"Dust" Trailer
"Shadows" Trailer

Milcho Manchevski (Macedonian: Милчо Манчевски [ˈmilt͡ʃɔ ˈmant͡ʃɛvski] ( )), is a New York-based Academy award-nominated Macedonian writer-director, photographer and artist, born on 18 October 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 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 1.7) 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 Berlinale 2011.

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 the 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).

His 2010 film Mothers was selected for the Panorama section at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.[1]



Awards and nominations for "Before the Rain"[edit]

  • Silver Condor for Best Foreign Film, 1996, Argentina
  • Independent Spirit Award 1995: Best Foreign-Language Film
  • Academy Award Nomination 1995: Best Foreign-Language Film
  • Venice Film Festival 1994: Golden Lion for Best Film
  • Venice 1994: FIPRESCI Prize (International Critics Prize)
  • Venice 1994: The UNICEF Prize 1994
  • Venice 1994: Premio Cinemavenire (Young Viewers' Prize)
  • Venice 1994: Audience Prize
  • Venice 1994: Rolling Venice Award from the City of Venice
  • Venice 1994: Leoncino d'oro, awarded by the Italian students
  • Venice 1994: International Catholic Organization for the Cinema
  • Venice 1994: Kodak Award for Best First Feature
  • Venice 1994: Francesco Pasineti Syndicate Award for Best Actor to Rade Serbedzija
  • Toronto Festival 1994: runner-up in audience vote
  • São Paulo Festival 1994: Audience Award for Best Film
  • Puerto Rico Festival 1994: Jury Award for Best Film
  • Puerto Rico Festival 1994: Audience Award for Best Film
  • Puerto Rico Festival 1994: Best Director
  • Puerto Rico Festival 1994: Best First Film
  • Stockholm Festival 1994: Best Debut Film
  • Mons Festival, Belgium, 1995: Charlot d'or
  • St Petersburg Festival of Festivals 1995: Grand Prix
  • Burgos Festival, Spain, 1995: winner of the single Festival Prize
  • Gorizia Festival of Screenplay, Italy, 1995: Best Screenplay
  • Film Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1995: Best Film
  • Panteleria, Italy, 1995: UNESCO Prize
  • Warsaw Film Fest, 1995: Audience Award
  • Austria, 1995: Catholic Film Commission Prize
  • David di Donatello Special Award to a non-Italian film, Italy, 1995
  • Swedish Film Institute, 1995: Golden Bug for Best Foreign Film
  • Mediterranean Prize for Peace and Tolerance
  • List of Best 1,000 Films Ever Made: The New York Times

Nominations for "Dust"[edit]

Awards for "Shadows"[edit]

  • Golden Ladybug, 2008: Best Actress (Vesna Stanojevska in Shadows)
  • Golden Ladybug, 2008: Best Music Video (Jungle Shadow in Shadows)
  • Park City Film Music Festival, 2008: Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement, Ryan Shore, composer
  • Syracuse Film Festival, 2008: Best Actress, Vesna Stanojevska in Shadows

Awards for "Mothers"[edit]

  • Minsk International film festival Listopad: "Award for Film as Art Phenomenon", 2011
  • Directing award – LIFFE 2011
  • Cinema City Festival: FEDEORA (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean), 2011
  • FEST: Critics Award for Best FEST Film “Nebojsa Djukelic”, 2011
  • FEST: Special Jury Prize in the selection "Europe Out of Europe", 2011
  • MTV Adria Movie Awards: Best Movie nomination, 2011
  • Macedonian Academy Award Submission: Best Foreign-Language Film, 2010

Awards for short forms[edit]

  • Macedonia Timeless, Temples and Archeology; Campaign Macedonia Timeless - Mobius Statuette Award, 1st place, Television, Recreation – Entertainment category, January 2010
  • Macedonia Timeless - Award for Best Commercial Spot at the International Tourfilm Festival in Plock, Poland, May, 2009
  • Macedonia Timeless - Blue Danube Award for Best Cultural Tourist Film at the SILAFEST International Festival of Tourist and Ecology Films, Serbia, September, 2009
  • Tennessee - Rolling Stone Magazine, 1994: one of 100 best videos ever
  • Tennessee - The Village Voice, 1993: List of Best Videos
  • Tennessee - MTV, 1992: Best Video: Rap
  • Tennessee - Billboard, 1992: Best Video: New Pop/Rock Act
  • 1.72 - Belgrade Alternative, 1985: Best Experimental Film

Selected filmography (as director)[edit]

Feature films[edit]


Music videos[edit]

  • Nina Spirova - Eden baknez (2007)
  • Kiril Dzajkovski - Jungle Shadow (2007)
  • Kiril Dzajkovski - Primitive Science (2001)
  • Kiril Dzajkovski - The Dead Are Waiting (2001)
  • Kiril Dzajkovski - Brothel Tango (2001)
  • Roachford - This Generation (1994)
  • Arno Hintjens - Vive ma liberte (1993)
  • Big Bub - You're Telling Me Stories (1992)
  • George Lamond - Baby I believe in You (1992)
  • Sonia Dada - You Ain't Thinking About Me (1992)
  • Black Sheep - Similak Child (1992)
  • Widowmaker - Widowmaker (1992)
  • Curtis Stigers - Never Saw a Miracle (1992)
  • Big Bub - I Don't Mind (1992)
  • Aurra - Just a Little Love (1992)
  • 2 Too Many - Just My Imagination (1992)
  • Main Source - Fakin' the Funk (1992)
  • Degrees of Motion - Shine on (1992)
  • Degrees of Motion - Do You Want It Right Now (1992)
  • Hard Knox - A Dirty Cop Named Harry (1992)
  • Robyn Springer - Forever and Ever (1992)
  • UMC's - One to Grow on (1992)
  • Arrested Development - Tennessee (1992)
  • Riff - If You're Serious (1991)
  • Deskee - Kid Get Hyped (1991)
  • Way to Go - Fever (1991)
  • Partners in Kryme - Undercover (1990)
  • Banji - A Word to Mother (1990)
  • Bastion - Hot Day in Mexico (1985)
  • Leb i sol - Aber dojde, Donke (1983)
  • Leb i sol - Wavelength (1983)
  • Leb i sol - Damar (1983)

Art Exhibitions[edit]

  • "Five Drops of Dream", 2010 (an Exhibition of Photographic Compositions)
  • "Street", 1999 (Photographs)
  • 1AM (appearance art), 1984


  • ”Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art”, 2012
  • ”The Ghost of My Mother” (fiction), 1984


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