The 13th edition of CinEast aims to highlight the work of Milcho Manchevski, the renowned Macedonian film director and writer, winner of the Golden Lion in Venice in 1994 with his directorial debut Before the Rain, a film listed by The New York Times as one of the "Best 1000 Films Ever Made". CinEast 2020 presents his Academy Award nominated Before the Rain (1994), the eastern western Dust (2001), as well as his most recent feature Willow (2019), in two versions - female and male. The focus is rounded up with two of his short films: Thursday (2013) and The End of Time (2017), as well as a Q&A encounter with the auteur.
Milcho Manchevski is a well-known Macedonian film director. He wrote and directed the feature films Before the Rain (1994), Dust (2001), Shadows (2007), Mothers (2010), Bikini Moon (2017), Willow (2019) and over 50 short forms, including the award-winning: The End of Time (2017), Thursday (2013), 1.73 (1984) and the music video Tennessee (1991) for Arrested Development (which The Rolling Stone placed on the list of the 100 best videos ever). He was also a director on HBO’s The Wire (2002). So far, he has had three solo exhibitions of photographs, published works of fiction and books of photographs, and staged performance art.
Before the Rain was nominated for an Academy Award and won many others, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice. The New York Times included the film on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made. His films are part of the curricula at numerous universities worldwide, and have been discussed at a number of conferences.
He taught and served as Head of Directing Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Film program, taught and lectured at a number of universities, cinematheques, art museums and art institutes around the world and holds an honorary doctorate from VGIK in Moscow, Russia. Manchevski’s work has screened at more than three hundred festivals, and has been distributed in more than 50 countries and he has served on festival juries in Venice, Shanghai, Warsaw, Locarno, Teheran, Vilnius, Pula and FEST (Belgrade), among others.
Presented in collaboration with and with the support of the Cinematheque of N. Macedonia