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Milcho Manchevski wrote and directed the feature films Willow (2019) which recently premiered in Rome FF, Bikini Moon (2017), Mothers (2010), Shadows (2007), Dust (2001), Before the Rain (1994) and over 50 short forms, including Thursday (2013), the experimental film 1.73 (1984) and the music video Tennessee (1991) for Arrested Development. He has also been a director on HBO’s The Wire (2002). He’s authored two exhibitions of photographs, works of fiction and performance art.

Before the Rain won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc. The New York Times included Before the Rain on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made.

Dust was the opening-night film of the Venice Film Festival. Both Shadows and Mothers were the Macedonian Academy Awards entries.  Mothers screened in the Panorama section of Berlinale 2011, 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 The Rolling Stone placed on the list of the 100 best videos ever), and best commercial (for Macedonia Timeless (2009)).

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, respectively, to Before the Rain and Dust.
He has published fiction, essays and op-ed pieces in New American Writing, La Repubblica, Corriere Della Sera, Sineast, The Guardian, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Pravda, etc.

Manchevski has staged performance art with the group 1AM (which he founded) and by himself.

He authored a book of fiction, The Ghost of My Mother (1985), a short book on art theory Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art (2012) and two books of photographs, Street (1999) and Five Drops of Dream (2010) which accompany the 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.

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 holds an honorary doctorate from VGIK in Moscow, Russia. He is a member of the DGA and the PEN Club.

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