Directed by Milcho Manchevski, drama, 101 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Milcho Manchevski
With Sara Klimoska, Natalija Teodosieva, Kamka Tocinovski, Nikola Risteski, Nenad Nacev, Petar Caranovic, Ratka Radmanovic, Petar Mircevski
Three women, and three stories. One medieval, and two contemporary.
Three women navigate love and motherhood, in the face of tradition, loyalty, adoption and control over their bodies. They have not set out to change the world or society, but their struggle to become mothers makes them unlikely heroines.
This is the sixth feature film of Macedonia’s world renowned director, Milcho Manchevski (Golden Lion for Before the Rain in 1994), that premiered in the Official Selection of Rome IFF in 2019. It is a portrayal of long sought motherhood, echoing the timeless voices of three women and their desire to create life. The longing, sacrifice and grief laid in front of the altar of motherhood, is depicted as the ever-bending (but never breaking) willow. Manchevski’s cinematic triptych – with stories flowing between centuries – is an ode to humanity’s strife for parenthood in all its madness and glory.