Milcho Manchevski

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Milcho Manchevski (Macedonian: Милчо Манчевски, pronounced [miˈlt͡ʃɔ maˈnt͡ʃɛfski] (listen))[1] is a New York-based Macedonian film director, photographer and artist.


Milcho Manchevski's acclaimed Before the Rain is considered "one of the greatest debut feature films in the history of cinema" (Annette Insdorf) and "one of the most important films of the decade" (Ann Kibbey). The New York Times included it in its Guide to the Best 1,000 Films Ever Made list.[2][3][4] It won the Golden Lion in Venice, Independent Spirit, was nominated for an Academy Award and won 30 other awards. He has also made the multiple award-winning Dust, Shadows,[2] Mothers, Bikini Moon and Willow, and the shorts The End of Time, Thursday, Macedonia Timeless, Tennessee and 1.73.

Manchevski has authored four exhibitions of photographs, works of fiction, books of essays, and performance art. His work had more than 350 festival screenings (including Venice, Berlin, Toronto, São Paulo, Istanbul, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Valencia, Sundance, Cinequest, Raindance, Aspen, Jihlava, Mons, Shangai, Beijing, Goa, Bangalore, Sofia, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Moscow etc.). His films have been distributed in more than 50 countries. His work has been included in the curricula of numerous universities and has been the subject of two academic conferences (in Firenza and Leipzig); he holds an Honorary Doctorate from Moscow's VGIK. He has taught and lectured at the Feirstein Graduate School at Brooklyn College, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, VGIK in Moscow, EICTV in Cuba, London Film School, University of Texas at Austin, Chicago University, Cambridge University, Cineteca di Bologna, Shanghai University, etc..

Manchevski won best director at the 2020 Raindance Film Festival for Willow.[5]


Feature films[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Producer Awards / Notes
1994 Before the Rain[3] Yes Yes No Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Independent Spirit, Academy Award nomination, FIPRESCI
2001 Dust[6][7] Yes Yes No Golden Reel Award Nomination (Best Sound Editing), 2002
2007 Shadows[2][3] Yes Yes Yes Syracuse Film Festival, 2008: Best Actress nomination, Vesna Stanojevska, Park City Film Music Festival
2010 Mothers[8] Yes Yes Yes FEST: Special Jury Prize in the selection Europe Out of Europe, 2011, FEDEORA
2017 Bikini Moon[9][10] Yes Yes Yes Directors' Week Special Jury Award at Fantasporto
2019 Willow Yes Yes Yes Best Director at Raindance; Best Feature Film at Cinequest, Mostra de València – Silver Palm
Kaymak Yes Yes Yes In post-production

Short films[edit]

  • The End of Time (2017)
  • Thursday (2013)
  • Buddies: Race – Skopsko for Us (2015)
  • Buddies: Filip – Skopsko for Us (2015)
  • Buddies: Green Car – Skopsko for Us (2015)
  • Macedonia Timeless: Mountains (2008)
  • Macedonia Timeless: Temples (2008)
  • Macedonia Timeless: Archaeology (2008)


Music videos[edit]

  • Kiril Dzajkovski – Red Safari (2019)
  • Kiril Dzajkovski – Dawn (2019)
  • Krte Rodzevski – Eh Ljubov (2019)
  • 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)
  • George Lamond – Baby I believe in You (1992)
  • Sonia Dada – You Ain't Thinking (About Me) (1992)
  • School of Hard Knocks – A Dirty Cop Named Harry (1992)
  • Arrested Development – Tennessee (1991)[11]
  • Riff – If You're Serious (1991)
  • Deskee – Kid Get Hyped (1991)
  • Partners in Kryme – Undercover (1990)
  • Bastion – Hot Day in Mexico (1985)
  • Leb i sol – Aber dojde, Donke (1983)

Art exhibitions[edit]

“There“, 2020

  • "Dreaming a Wu Yan Poem", 2017]

"Five Drops of Dream" (exhibition of photographic pentaptychs) 2010

"Street", 1999

"The Manifesto of Conceptualists"



"How to Explain to a Live Rabbit the Joseph Beuys’ Work How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare"



"The Editing of The Ghost of my Mother"

Thursday 2 (censored by Facebook)


The Ghost of My Mother, 2000

Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art, 2012

Pictures, Words, and Lies, 2015






  1. ^ "Milcho Manchevski: Full Biography". Kinoteka na Makedonija. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Holden, Stephen (January 29, 2009). "A Macedonian Ghost Story, Directed by Milcho Manchevski". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Dawson, Nick (March 8, 2017). "Milcho Manchevski, Shadows". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Nichols, P.M.; Scott, A.O. (2004). The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made. Film Critics of the New York Times. St. Martin's Press. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-312-32611-1. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Raindance Film Festival Announced from London". Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  6. ^ "Retrospective of Milcho Manchevski's Work to Be Held in Brazil –". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  7. ^ History in Dust: An Interview with Milcho Manchevski Roderick Coover Film Quarterly; Winter 2004/2005; 58, 2; ProQuest Direct Complete, p. 2
  8. ^ Senjanovic, Natasha (February 21, 2011). "Mothers: Berlin Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  9. ^ Bruno Carmelo (2017-10-25). "Mostra de São Paulo 2017: "A Internet ainda não ajudou o cinema como ajudou a música", afirma Milcho Manchevski, diretor de Bikini Moon" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  10. ^ Gui,Augusto (2017-10-21). "Bikini Moon [Resenha do Filme]" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  11. ^ Bode, Gus (6 June 1997). "When Milcho Manchevski graduated from SIUC's film school in 1982, he had no idea that he would one day write and direct an Oscar nominated film". Daily Egyptian. Retrieved 25 March 2017.

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