Interview with Milcho Manchevski
Join our Board Member Elizabeth Naumovski as she speaks with Academy Award Nominated and multi award winning Writer/Director Milcho Manchevski.
This interview is an hour long Master Class with Manchevski that any film lover or film student would love to be a part of. Hear some of Milcho's thoughts as he offers his insights on the process of filmmaking.
Join our Board Member Elizabeth Naumovski as she speaks with Academy Award Nominated
and multi award winning Writer/Director Milcho Manchevski about his latest film WILLOW,
which was presented at the 15th Annual Macedonian Film Festival this year.
The process that Milcho goes through for a film like Willow, the research, how he chooses the
music, his actors, what expectations he has for himself in making a film and what he thinks are
his audience’s expectations, are just some of the questions discussed.
This interview is part Master Class with Manchevski that any young filmmaker will relish or
film lover would love to be a part of. Hear some of Milcho's thoughts as he offers his insights on
his process of filmmaking. This Q & A is also a conversation between two people that are
interested in talking about the same thing, his latest film, as Elizabeth stands in for a virtual
audience by asking some of the questions you may have asked.
Milcho makes films that are easy to understand yet complex and controversial He will talk
about symbolism and customs that are still in effect in Macedonian culture, his meticulous
research, and his love of the process. If you saw WILLOW this year at the Macedonian Film
Festival, this is an added bonus. You won’t want to miss this. It is well worth the time spent in
watching this very unique interview.
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 on its list “Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made”. It won the Golden Lion in Venice, Independent Spirit, an Academy Award nomination and 30 other awards.
“Manchevski continues down his distinctive artistic path” (Hollywood Reporter) with the award-winning features Dust (which opened Venice 2001), Shadows, Mothers, Bikini Moon, the short forms The End of Time, Thursday, Macedonia Timeless, 1.73, Arrested Development’s Tennessee and an episode of HBO`s The Wire. “His work stands out in world cinema for its unique way of playing with space, time and emotion” (Keith Brown).
Roger Ebert said, “Work like this keeps me going. A reminder of the nobility that film can attain.” “His unique blend of experimentation, poetry, emotion, and a demand for the active participation of the viewer in the construction of meaning are highly praised. “(Conor McGrady). His work is part of the curricula at numerous universities and is the subject of many essays and books.
Manchevski holds an honorary doctorate from VGIK in Moscow. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, European Film Academy and the PEN Club.
He has published books of photographs, essays and fiction; he has also taught and lectured extensively (NYU, Feirstein, EICTV, Babelsberg, London Film School, VGIK, Chicago University, etc.).