Milcho Manchevski

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Milcho Manchevski
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Born Milcho Manchevski
Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, photographer, writer, artist
Years active 1978 – present

Golden Lion 1994 Before the Rain
Academy Award nomination 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" Trailer
"Dust" Trailer
"Shadows" Trailer

Milcho Manchevski (Macedonian: Милчо Манчевски [ˈmilt͡ʃɔ ˈmant͡ʃɛfski], born October 18, 1959), is a New York-based Academy award-nominated Macedonian writer-director, photographer and artist.


Milcho Manchevski wrote and directed the feature films Before the Rain (1994), Dust (2001), Shadows (2007) and Mothers (2010), 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.[1]

His films are part of the curricula at numerous universities worldwide (Pontifical Catholic University and Rio de Janeiro), 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.

Retrospectives of the work have been held at Cineteca di Bologna (1996/2011), De Balie Cultural Center, Cinema and Media Department, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2005),Sundance Channel, USA (2005), Akademski Kino Klub, Belgrade, Serbia (2005),

Hanoi Cinematheque (2012), Dom na kinoto, Sofia, Bulgaria (2012), Kulturni Centar, Novi Sad, Serbia (2012), Mediterranean Film Festival, Izmir (2013),Shoot, cousin, shoot! Skopje (2015).

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.

He has also taught, lectured and held workshops at Brooklyn College, the London Film School, Cambridge University, University of Chicago, Yale, Hanoi Cinematheque, Cineteca di Bologna, Binger Film Lab (Amsterdam), Temple University (Philadelphia), Tisch Singapore, Columbia University, his alma mater Southern Illinois University, the state film school in Sofia, Elon University, Marubi Film Academy in Tirana (Albania), Oxford Brookes University, the German state film school Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, University of Tsukuba (Japan), FDU (Belgrade), University of Oklahoma, Bielefeld University (Germany), University of Texas at Austin, Multimedia Museum in Moscow, Pratt Institute, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Brown University, several festivals (Venice, Goa, Trieste, Aruba, Manaki Brothers, Madrid Experimental, SEEfest in Vienna...) among others.

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).



  • Career Award The 36 International Film Festival Fantasporto, Porto (2016)
  • UMD Macedonian Heritage Public Service Award (2015)
  • Honorary Doctorate, VGIK, Moscow, (2013)
  • National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia (2013)
  • National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia, (2012)
  • Central European Initiative Award, Trieste, (2012)
  • Ambassador of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, (2007)
  • "Mother Teresa" for Humanitarian Work (2002)
  • "October 11" for Major Achievement (highest peacetime award, Republic of Macedonia), (1995)
  • Great Star of the Macedonian Cinema (2014)

Awards and nominations for Before the Rain[edit]

  • 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
  • Film Critics Association of Turkey 1995: Best Foreign Film
  • Mediterranean Prize for Peace and Tolerance
  • Silver Condor for Best Foreign Film, 1996, Argentina
  • Independent Spirit Award 1995: Best Foreign-Language Film
  • List of Best 1,000 Films Ever Made: The New York Times

Nominations for "Dust"[edit]

Awards for "Shadows"[edit]

  • Macedonian Academy Award Submission, 2008: Best Foreign-Language Film
  • 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]

  • Central European Initiative Award - Trieste Film Festival, Italy, 2012
  • Minsk International film festival Listopad: "Award for Film as Art Phenomenon", 2011
  • Directing award – LIFFE 2011
  • European Film Committee recommendation - 24th EFA Film Awards invitation, 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 films[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
  • Macedonia Timeless 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
  • Tennessee - Platinum record, 1993
  • 1.72 - Belgrade Alternative, 1985: Best Experimental Film
  • Thursday - USA Film Festival 2014, Dallas Texas

Selected filmography (as director)[edit]

Feature films[edit]


Music videos[edit]

Short Films[edit]

Art exhibitions[edit]

  • "Five Drops of Dream", 2010 (an Exhibition of Photographic Pentaptychs)
  • "Brazil: A Photograph for the Future" (group show), Antonia Jannone Gallery, Milan, 2010
  • Bitola (artwork in a retrospective) (2007)
  • A Page Out of Order: M (dance by Yoshiko Chuma, incorporating a distillation of Before the Rain)
  • Conceptual Discourse in Macedonia (eight artworks in a retrospective)
  • Riddle (installation/performance/photographs), 2003
  • Street (exhibition of photographs)
  • SCCA group show (photographs in a group show)
  • 1.74, A Room to Swing a Cat, Brooklyn, 1986
  • 1.73, Split Film Festival, 1985
  • 1.72, Belgrade Alternative, 1984
  • 1AM (appearance art), Dom na Mladi, Skopje, Macedonia, 1984, 1983
  • How to Explain to a Live Rabbit the Joseph Beuys’ Work - How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, Skopje, Macedonia, 1984
  • Works in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Macedonia


  • "Pictures, Words, and Lies" 2015
  • ”Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art”, 2012
  • ”The Ghost of My Mother” (fiction), 1984
  • ”Art, Violence + Society”
  • ”Flight” (short story), 2002
  • ”My Grandfather” (short story), 2002
  • ”Wishes” (short story), 1998
  • ”Ceiling” (film treatment), 1998
  • ”allday” (short story), 1997
  • ”Twelve Years Ago” (short story), 1986
  • ”Loneliness” (short story), 1976


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