Many consider Milcho Manchevski to be one of the most original and innovative artists of our time for his unique blend of experimentation, poetry, emotion and a demand for the active participation of the viewer in the construction of meaning (Conor McGrady). His 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 “Best 1,000 Films Ever Made“ list, and it won the Golden Lion in Venice and an Academy Award nomination. Manchevski’s work – which also includes award-winning films “Dust”, “Shadows”, “Mothers”, as well as award-winning short forms “Thursday,” “Macedonia Timeless,” “Tennessee” and “1.73” – stands out in world cinema for its unique way of playing with space, time and emotion (Keith Brown). Roger Ebert said about it, “Work like this keeps me going. A reminder of the nobility that film can attain.” and Rene Rodriguez said, “Director Manchevski has made a debut so astonishingly assured in writing and technique he is guaranteed a footnote in movie history even if he never makes another movie. ‘Before the Rain’ is stunning. It is the sort of remarkable debut that reinstalls faith in the movies as genuine art.”
In addition to the Golden Lion and the Oscar nomination, “Before the Rain” won thirty awards, including Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, and Russia. “Dust” was the opening-night film of the Venice Film Festival. Both “Shadows” and “Mothers” were the Macedonian Academy Awards entries. “Shadows” screened in Toronto; “Mothers” screened in the Panorama section of Berlinale, was selected among the 40 European films of the year by the EFA committee and won seven festival awards. Manchevski won awards for best experimental film (for “1.73”), best MTV video (for “Tennessee,” which Rolling Stone placed on the list of the 100 best videos ever), and best commercial (for “Macedonia Timeless”). He has also been a director on HBO’s “The Wire.”
His films are part of the curricula at numerous universities worldwide, and have been discoursed at a number of conferences. The University of Leipzig (Germany) and the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) hosted academic conferences dedicated to his films. Manchevski’s work has screened at more than two hundred festivals, and has been distributed in close to 50 countries (theatrically, TV, cable and video).
He has published fiction, essays and op-ed pieces in New American Writing, La Repubblica, Corriere Della Sera, Sineast, The Guardian, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Pravda, and elsewhere. Manchevski has staged performance art with the group 1AM (which he founded) and by himself.
Manchevski authored a (very small) book of fiction, The Ghost of My Mother, a short book on art theory Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art and two books of photographs, Street and Five Drops of Dream which accompany two photo exhibitions. He has lectured at a number of universities, cinematheques, art museums and art institutes, including – as Head of Directing Studies – at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Film program. He is currently teaching at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College.
He 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.