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Two Macedonian films to be premiered at the 35th “Manaki Brothers” Film Festival

Milcho Manchevski, the most successful Macedonian director, will be presented with the more-than-deserved "Golden Star of Macedonian Film" Award by the Association of Film Professionals of the Republic of Macedonia

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Seventy-six movies, of which eleven in the main programme for “Camera 300″ awards, will be screened at the 35th edition of the International Cinematographer’s Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” which will take place 13-19 September.

Premieres of the two new Macedonian films will be screend to the public and outside festival competitions for the first time. Those are the almost three-hour-long historical spectacle by Stole Popov “To the Hilt” which will be screened on the 14 September at 8 pm, and the social drama “Children of the Sun” the third feature film by director Antonio Mitrikeski, which will be featured after the closing ceremony and the red carpet on the 19 September.

The main program selected by Blagoja Kunovski- Dore, the Festival Art Director, features films from four continents, four films that won awards in Berlin (the winner of the “Golden Bear”, the laureate of the Best Photography Award), three winners from Cannes, winners and nominated films from Karlovy Vary, Sydney, Toronto, Venice.

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With such a selection of acclaimed artistic creations, in our strong main program competition, all the artists-cinematographers are potential candidates for the award, and it will be interesting to see whether our respectable international jury will once again affirm their value through our awards, he said.

In a tight run in the main program there are 11 awarded films; the short film competitive program covers 9 films; the New Visions bring us 5 avant-garde titles, which is equal to the number of films in the Vip Junior Program; the film-lovers will have a chance to see 9 authentic themes in the Documentary Program; 11 films are featured in the Macedonian Panorama, and 15 shorts will be screen in the non-competitive program “Short matters!” by the European Film Academy.

The winners of awards – The Great Beauty (Luca Bigazzi) and The Reader (Chris Menges) will be included in the special screenings.

In the year when we mark 20 years since the premiere of ‘Before the Rain’, the Association of Film Professionals of the Republic of Macedonia presents the more-than-deserved “Golden Star of Macedonian Film” Award to Milcho Manchevski – our most successful film director. In his honor, homage to Manchevski, i.e. his entire opus of feature films will be screened.

I am proud of what we have achieved in the past years and this year too – on this small jubilee of 35 years of festival existence – we can only say that even the wildest dreams are not impossible if there is hard and constant work involved. Through the Manaki Brothers, Macedonia this year too, will be a bright star on the film sky, said the Festival Director, Labina Mitevska.

I am convinced that this edition will once again reaffirm our commitment to the art of film and the great expansion of Macedonian cinema”, Culture Minister Elizabeta Kancheska-Milevska said.

In front of the journalists she emphasised that since 2008 to date over 156 film projects have been supported in the categories of long-feature, documentaries, short and animated films, which have participated in international festivals 616 times and have won 113 awards, an impressive number which in fact is a valorization of the artistic efforts and the potential of the Macedonian film professionals and Macedonian film art.

This year’s jubilee will take place under the motto To the stars. The winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art is Luca Bigazzi, whereas the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award Golden Camera 300 is Chris Mengis. The New Visions program, on the other hand, will show the future of film across the globe.