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
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
Best Film, Directors’ Week, 40thFatasporto Film Festival, Portugal
Camera Festival of Independent Film, Wellington, New Zealand
Nomination, Best Film & Best Director, Raindance Festival, London
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.).
Running time: 101 min
Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski
Producers: Jane Kortoshev, Milcho Manchevski, Nik Powell (Executive Producer)
Leading roles: Sara Klimoska, Natalija Teodosieva, Kamka Tocinovski
Film trailer: http://bit.ly/willow_trailer
Official Film Website: http://manchevski.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/willow.themovie
Scenes from the Film: http://bit.ly/willow_scene