Participant profile: Milcho Manchevski

As part of our series of delegate profiles today we focus on screenwriter and director Milcho Manchevski.

Milcho Manchevski

Milcho Manchevski

Milcho was born in Skopje, SR Macedonia, (present-day the Republic of Macedonia), and studied at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje (Department for History of Art and Archeology). He left for the United States and graduated from the Faculty for Film and Photography at the Southern Illinois University.

He is perhaps best known for his feature film, Before the Rain, (1994), which received the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival that year. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as awards such as the Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other prizes in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, and Russia.

Milcho has also written and directed the films Dust (2001) and Shadows (2007) and over 50 short films (experimental films, documentaries, commercials and music videos – including “Tennessee” for the TV series Arrested Development). He has guest-directed network and cable TV (such as HBO’s The Wire).

Milcho authored a (small) book of fiction, The Ghost of my Mother, and a book of photographs, Street, which accompanies a photo exhibition that has been shown in Slovenia 2006, Santo Domino 2003, France 2001, Greece 2001, Italy 2000, Croatia 2000, Sweden 1999, Macedonia 1999.

Milcho sees himself explicitly as a writer who also directs.


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