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President Ivanov opened 35th “Manaki Brothers” Film Festival

Our story began more than one century ago, when two brothers from Bitola bought a camera and became the first cinematographers on the Balkans. Thanks to their vision, we know more about the world and the century of our predecessors. Thanks to their legacy, Macedonia has organized for 35 years the oldest international cinematography festival bearing their name Manaki Brothers, said President Gjorge Ivanov at the opening of the 35. International Cinematographers Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” in Bitola late on Saturday.


In the attendance of Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski, a number of domestic and foreign guests, Ivanov stressed he was honored to patron the festival.

“I am convinced prior success will motivate us to trace the path to the stars, paved with creativity and beauty”, added President Ivanov.

French Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche, the festival’s special guest, was presented with special award “Golden Camera 300″ for outstanding contribution in world film art.

“Thank you Macedonia, thank you for the hospitality. Cinematographers are exceptionally important because they influence the film’s outcome and they need to find a special film language that differs from other movies. The wonderful directors and cinematographers I meet enable my expression and search for truth”, said Binoche.


This year’s laureate-cinematographers, Chris Menges (Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement), and Luca Bigazzi (Special Golden Camera 300) also received ovations.


Sunday’s programme includes a press conference of the international jury, public discussion with actress Juliette Binoche, whereas director Darko Mitrevski will promote the start of preparations for shooting of film “Miss Stone Affair”.


Moreover, the world premiere of Macedonian film “To the Hilt”, directed by Stole Popov, will be held at 8 pm.