WILLOW (Врба)

Released: 2019

Running time: 101 min

Director: Milcho Manchevski

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Golden Lion-winner and Academy Award nominee Milcho Manchevski returns to his

Macedonian roots in a tale of three mothers.


Three Macedonian women have to contend with control over their bodies, tradition, loyalty, pregnancy and adoption. They have not set out to change the world or society, but their struggle to become mothers makes them unlikely heroines. The three bittersweet stories, one medieval, two contemporary, mirror and contrast one another, exploring themes of love, trust and motherhood.


Screenings and Awards

Screenings:

EFA Feature Film Selection, European Film Academy

Sarajevo Film Festival

Sofia International Film Festival

Transylvania International Film Festival

Tirana International Film Festival

Beijing International Film Festival

Valencia International Film Festival

Taipei

Tallin

Belgrade

Bengalore

Cinequest (California)

Awards:

Best Film, Directors’ Week, 40thFatasporto Film Festival, Portugal

Camera Festival of Independent Film, Wellington, New Zealand

Nomination, Best Film & Best Director, Raindance Festival, London

Director Information:

Milcho Manchevski

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.).

www.manchevski.com

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