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34. ICFF Manaki Brothers – Bitola and Vip operator announce


                                               

THE FESTIVAL’S PASSION MAKES THE CAMERA 300 AWARDS SPECIAL



20 September 2013, Bitola - ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator have the honor to announce that at the gala-evening in the Big Hall of the Center of Culture in Bitola, the awards of the 34th Manaki Brothers were presented.


The first address was by the Director who expressed her gratefulness for the presence of “two amazing women, fighters, creators – Isabelle and Agnes.”


Immediately after, the Minister of Culture, Elizabeta Kancheska-Milevska, took the floor stating that the “Manaki Brothers Festival is an ode to the big love between the cinematographers and their cameras. For decades back it has reminded us of the great photographic and film opus, of the undeniable factographic and aesthetic values of the rich treasury of the brothers Milton and Yanaki Manaki. The festival once again proved that when there is a will and skill there is a way to follow the dream called FILM.”

The Minister also presented the special award for Outstanding Contribution to the World Film Art to the actress Isabelle Huppert. The French actress said that she has received quite a lot of awards so far, but that this one is special because of the warmth glowing at the Festival.


List of awarded films:


The Golden camera 300 went to

Snow White by Kiko de la Rica

The jury’s deliberation: “The jury has decided to award the camerawork in the film with lucid and imaginative storytelling aided immeasurably by the cinematographer's alluring black and white visuals. The images are diverse and profound, all rich in strength and detail with magnetic ocular close-ups.”


The award was received by the author himself.


The silver camera 300 went to

Tango Libre, by Virginie Saint-Martin.

The jury’s deliberation: The Silver Camera 300 goes to the director of photography who subtly manages to create unpretentious natural setting with sinuous movement of camera. The cinematographer's cool compositional eye creates visuals that often unfold to vintage tango vocals”.


The award was received by the author herself who said that it was her second silver camera and that next year she is coming for the “yellow” one.


The Bronze Camera 300 went to Papuzsa by Krzysztof Ptak


 “The Bronze camera 300 goes to Krzysztof Ptak and Wojceich Staron for Papusza, for creating an epic, authentic and poetically hyper-realistic, magnificent world”.


The award was received by the author himself.


The official jury was composed of Jose Luis Alcaine (president), Elma Tataragic, Dejan Dukovski, Amnon Zlayet, Bojidar Manov.


The New Visions Award went to Mexico.


The Golden Cage by director Diego Quemada-Dнez and the cinematographer Maria Secco. The jury consisted of Antonio Mitrikjeski (president), Shahla Nahid, Andronika Martonova.


The Small Golden Camera 300 went to:

The short film Voiceover by the cinematographer Jose Martin Rosete.


“The Short film award goes to the fantastic work of light and camera, showing us in only 10 minutes, in a genuine tour de force, 4 different stories, and surprising us by its perfect execution and beauty.”


The award of the Manaki Script Corner in the amount of 1000 EUR was presented by the Director of the Macedonian Film Fund, Darko Bashevski for the script of the film Krani by the young director Gjorche Stavrevski.


The show began with the presenting of the special award Golden Camera 300 to the French cinematographer Agnes Godard by the Festival Director Labina Mitevska.


Immediately after the awards were granted, one of the winning films, Tango Libre, was screened.


Previously, at the cocktail in the lobby of the Epinal Hotel, the Minister of Culture gave the French actress Isabelle Huppert an icon of the Angel from Kurbinovo frescoed in the Zrze workshop.


The French cinematographer Agnes Godard, on the other hand, was given a framed silver butterfly, a motive from the rich Macedonian cultural heritage.




The 34th edition of Manaki Brothers takes place from 14th to 20th September 2013 in Bitola and will open with the premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by Director Igor Ivanov–Izi. Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine is the winner of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in 2013 and the French Cinematographer Agnes Godard is the winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art. The members of the juries who will grant the awards in the competitive programs are composed of renowned international professionals from the area of culture and art. Apart from the scenario of the glamorous Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, five more projects have been selected for the Manaki Brothers script corner. Under the motto of Let the Light in, the festival brings us 74 superb titles from the international and Macedonian cinematography in 10 program units, including four premieres and two Academy Award candidates. The Macedonian Film Professionals Association has decided to introduce a special Golden Camera 300 for special contribution to the development of the Macedonian cinematography to be awarded to the director Kiril Cenevski. Representatives of 10 out of 12 films from the main competition will come to Bitola, as well as major filmmakers from the other program selections.



With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.


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34 ICFF Manaki Brothers – Bitola and Vip operator announce



THE MOST IN-DEMAND ACTRESS IN EUROPE,

ISABELLE HUPPERT,

ON THE RED CARPET IN BITOLA



12 September 2013, Bitola – ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator have the great pleasure to emphasize that this year, apart from the multitude of guests from all the program modules, we will also welcome the favourite actress of both directors and audiences, the highly-respected, unique, authentic, amazing Isabelle Huppert to Bitola. This French actress of permanent relevance gets the highest number of invitations for festival attendance, which makes her the greatest name to have ever marked the Manaki Brothers Festival - Bitola.


With over a hundred films roles and many more of them in the theater, she is one of the actresses most in-demand in the old continent, who is believed to have the capacity to “act out any role”. Although she is one of the most hired and most talented actresses, Isabelle Huppert is reputed to have a somewhat aloof personality, as do most of the heroines embodied by her in films. She is not very keen on attending festivals. Her two-day attendance of Manaki Brothers is her first arrival at the film festival in this region.


She possesses an impressive filmography, working with top-notch directors and collaborating with huge actor names from the French and European cinema. Her portfolio shows off a large number of fascinating achievements. She is the only actress to have been nominated for Cesar award as much as 14 times, and is one of the four actresses to have won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. The remaining three are Vanessa Redgrave, Hellen Mirren, Barbara Hershey. She has filmed with literally all the most important French directors from the past 40 years, such as Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Luc Godard, Patrice Chйreau, Claude Chabrol, Franзois Ozon, as well as directors such as Michael Cimino (the director of the Deer Hunter), Joseph Losey (the director of The Go-Between), Michael Haneke (the director of the White Ribbon).  


Isabelle Huppert was born in 1953 in Paris, as the daughter of a safe manufacturer and an English teacher. She was encouraged into acting by her mother, becoming a teenage star in her hometown at an early age. She studied acting at the Versailles Conservatoire. She started off at the theater, but continued in film, where she already has at least 20 anthological roles. As the critics say, it is incredible to see how Isabelle Huppert shifts from one character into another, with a fascinating power of transformation. She seems to be more stunning in each new film. Her roles differ to extremes, but she merges into them with such unbelievable ease. Isabelle Huppert, who seems not to be aging, sometimes resembles a blank canvas to paint all your ideas on.


Arguably, her most recognizable role is in The Piano Teacher from 2001 by Haneke, in which she plays the role of Erika Kohut from the Vienna music conservatory. The moment she meets young Walter Klemmer (played by Benoоt Magimel, 21 years younger by Huppert), her behaviour becomes even more than eccentric. The film won numerous awards, but the biggest accolade was probably the fact that the critics deemed Huppert’s role the greatest in her career.


On 19.09 at 10:30h, in the Big Hall of the Center of Culture the audiences will have the chance to see the film Home by Ursula Meier, the lead role in which is played by Isabelle Huppert.



She is the winner of 57 film and other awards, such as:


The Cesar Award for Ceremony (1996).

Two Best Actress Awards at the Cannes Film Festival for the film Violette Noziиre (1978) and The Piano Teacher (2001).


Two Volpi Cups – the highest acting awards at the Venice Film Festival for Story of Women (1988) and Ceremony (1995)


The Special Lion Award in Venice for Gabrielle in 2005.


The Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival for performance as an ensemble in the film 8 women  from 2002.


Two European Film Awards, for the films 8 women and The Piano Teacher.


Stanislawsky Award for outstanding achievement in acting, and devotion to the Stanislavsky method in 2008.


The high French Legion d'honneur order (1999).


Trivia


Isabelle Huppert is the mother of:

Lolita (born 10/1983)

Lorenzo (born 1/1988)

Angelo (born 9/1997)


She plays the piano.


In 2001 she recorded an album with the French rock-star Jean-Louis Murat.


She also works in photography.


She is exactly 160 cm tall.


She was member of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984 and President of the Jury in 2009, when the award went to the White Ribbon by Michael Haneke.


She has also starred in the Yugoslav-French co-production of the famous director Aleksandar Petrovic, a film based on the novel Migrations by Miloљ Crnjanski.



See you at the red carpet, which the actress will attend at the official closing ceremony.



The 34th edition of Manaki Brothers takes place from 14th to 20th September 2013 in Bitola and will open with the premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by Director Igor Ivanov–Izi. Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine is the winner of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in 2013 and the French Cinematographer Agnes Godard is the winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art. The members of the juries who will grant the awards in the competitive programs are composed of renowned international professionals from the area of culture and art. Apart from the scenario of the glamorous Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, five more projects have been selected for the Manaki Brothers script corner. Under the motto of Let the Light in, the festival brings us 74 superb titles from the international and Macedonian cinematography in 10 program units, including four premieres and two Academy Award candidates. The Macedonian Film Professionals Association has decided to introduce a special Golden Camera 300 for special contribution to the development of the Macedonian cinematography to be awarded to the director Kiril Cenevski. Representatives of 10 out of 12 films from the main competition will come to Bitola, as well as major filmmakers from the other program selections.



With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.


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Manaki Brothers, favorite destination of film authors


RECORD NUMBER OF FILMMAKERS FROM THE MAIN COMPETITION

ARE COMING AFTER THE AWARDS



09 September 2013, Bitola – ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator have the great pleasure to announce that this year we will welcome have guests from 10 out of the 12 films form the main competition. If we take a look at the past, it is certain that this year we have record attendance of directors of photography and other authors from the central selection. This fact also serves as proof that the Camera 300 award is increasingly appealing to all domestic and international film-makers, inviting them in Bitola to discover the magic of the oldest cinematographers’ film festival Manaki Brothers on the spot.


If we add winners Jose Luis Alcaine (winner of the high award Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement) & Agnes Godard (the first woman-cinematographer, winner of the Special Golden Camera), the amazing Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic; renowned representatives of international juries; moreover, the guests from other eminent festival programs as well as those from additional events, it is obvious that Bitola from 14 to 20 September will pulsate in the rhythm of film.


Some of the guests announced so far:


From Oh Boy we have Cinematographer Phillipp Kirsamer, who has so far shot 18 films in various formats. He was second unit camera operator of the film V for Vendetta. For Oh Boy he got the Lola Award, which is the highest film award in Germany, as well as 30 other awards in German festivals. He prefers to be behind the cameras of debutant-directors.  


From Snow White, we are welcoming Francisco de la Rica, one of the leading cinematographers of the Basque wing of Spanish film-making. He is the favourite cinematographer of director Alex de la Iglesia with whom he has signed a dozen films. He has 37 titles behind himself, among which The Oxford Murders with Elijah Wood and John Hurt. For the film Snow White he won the Goya Award.


Rimvydas Leipus comes as a representative of the film House with a Turret; he is a Lithuanian cinematographer with international experience. He has worked with the leading Lithuanian director/cinematographer, Sharunas Bartas, as well as the Belgian/American directors’ tandem Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth. House with a Turret is the winner of the East of West Award at Karlovy Vary and the main award at the Tallinn Film Festival.


From Tango Libre we have the cinematographer from Brussels, Virginie Saint Martin who has signed 41 films, the favourite director of photography of director Frederic Fonteyne, one of the most active Belgian directors, she has also worked with actress Isabelle Huppert, and also was the cinematographer of the first two films of Macedonian film author Teona Mitevska.


From the film The Fifth Season we will welcome the American director Jessica Woodworth, the 40-year old author of films with ethnologic background which have been awarded (Altiplano, Khadak) and filmed on exotic locations. She also shot the first theater film Urga Song in Mongolia. The film she is coming with has won the main award in Ghent, FIPRESCI and the special jury award at Valladolid, while in Venice she won the awards of Green Drop and Young Cinema.


From Ilo Ilo we will have Frenchman Benoit Soler, cinematographer who has so far filmed 14 shorts and a lot of advertising videos. Ilo Ilo is his first long-feature film, filmed by a director from Singapore.


From Stop the Pounding Heart we welcome Diego Romero, cinematographer born in 1975. His filmography consists of 17 shorts and long-features. The project he presents here was nominated in the official Cannes competition.


From Poland we have the film Papusza with Krzysztof Ptak, cinematographer who will be remembered as the first Polish cinematographer to have used a digital camera in the film Pornography. He has signed 41 titles with the leading polish directors: Wajda, Skolimowski, Baranski, Kolski and many others. Apart from being a university professor, he has also won numerous awards.


The international premiere of Sweets will be attended by Mr. Fred Kelemen, cinematographer from Hungarian and German nationality. He has signed many films and videos as a director, and as a cinematographer he has worked with Bela Tarr, Rudolf Thome, Garine Torossian, etc. in 2011, at the Manaki Brothers he won the award Golden Camera 300 for the film the The Turin Horse. As the media have announced, this year he himself insisted to have the world premiere at this Festival.


Finally, from the Macedonian film The Piano Room we have Tomi Salkovski, cinematographer and producer, former director of ICFF Manaki Brothers, the one who registered the festival in the International Coordinative Body of Film Festivals. He is also president of the Macedonian section of IMAGO The European Federation of Cinematographers.


From the crew of The Piano Room we also announce the director Igor Ivanov, actors Torsten Voges from Germany and Nevena Ristic from Serbia, our own Natasha Petrovic and Vasil Zafircev, then Ana Bulajic Crcek, the make-up artist of the films The Gladiator, Titus, The Third Half, Black Hawk Down.


From the New Visions Program, we welcome author Tom Shoval with his debut Youth which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.


We will also have Miroslav Mandic from Adria Blues which had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and it Bitola it will have its first regional screening.


Apart from being member of the jury in the main program, Amnon Zlayet from Israel comes to present two of his films. Rock the Casbah in the new visions program and Art/Violence in the documentary, for which he won the Cinema Fairbindet award in Berlin.


Also, from the documentary program we will welcome Zheljko Mirkovic, author of the The Second Meeting, Academy Award candidate of Serbia and the USA with an extremely striking synopsis.


This year the film The Pursuit of Happiness by Marija Djidjeva will also have its premiere in Bitola, attended by the director, as well as the “actors” grooms.


It would also be an outstanding honor and challenge to bring Kiril Cenevski, due to his highly selective presence on film festivals. The special award Big star of Macedonian Film “for his vision as well as courage of a great fighter” we hope, shall serve as an incentive to bestow this honor and have him get up on the festival stage.

 

Finally, the Festival this year will get rejuvenated which means that about forty students from the academies from Skopje, Ljubljana and Belgrade will also be our guests.



Important note. All media interested in interviewing the guests must address the press-center via the e-mail address press@manaki.com.mk no later than the 14 September.



The 34th edition of Manaki Brothers takes place from 14th to 20th September 2013 in Bitola and will open with the premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by Director Igor Ivanov–Izi. Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine is the winner of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in 2013 and the French Cinematographer Agnes Godard is the winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art. The members of the juries who will grant the awards in the competitive programs are composed of renowned international professionals from the area of culture and art. Apart from the scenario of the glamorous Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, five more projects have been selected for the Manaki Brothers script corner. Under the motto of Let the Light in, the festival brings us 74 superb titles from the international and Macedonian cinematography in 10 program units, including four premieres and two Academy Award candidates. The Macedonian Film Professionals Association has decided to introduce a special Golden Camera 300 for special contribution to the development of the Macedonian cinematography to be awarded to the director Kiril Cenevski.


With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.


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The program of the ICFF Manaki Brothers – Bitola announced


74 FILMS AT THE 34 MANAKI BROTHERS FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LIGHT IN BITOLA



4 September 2013, Skopje – ICFF Manaki Brothers today at City Hall announced the program of the 34th edition of the Manaki Brothers Festival, which under the motto of Let the Light in, brings us 74 superb titles from the world and Macedonian cinematography arranged in 10 program modules, among which there are also four premieres, furthermore two Academy Award candidates, a large number of films awarded at world festivals, renowned authors and film talents.


The main program contains 12 exceptional films, the New Visions presents 6 fierce projects, the documentary selection has 8 provocative titles, the competitive short program – 9; 4 films are part of the Homage to Kiril Cenevski, Vip operator will screen 5 children’s films to the youngest free of charge, 11 titles will “play” within the Macedonian panorama, 14 short-feature projects in the Short Matters! Program of the European Film Academy. Apart from this, 2 films will be screened in honor of the laureates Jose Alcaine (The Skin I live in) and Agnes Godard (Home).


The central event is understandably expected to be Black&White and a piano, where in cooperation with the Macedonian Cinematheque we will screen all the digitalized films from the heritage of the Manaki Brothers in piano accompaniment of the Marotovi band, which will evoke the beginnings of film art and authenticity of film before the advent of the sound films.


When it comes to premieres, we have two in the main program and one in the documentary and short film programs. Foremost, The Piano Room, the interest for which is so great that we have scheduled another screening at 23.00h, after which the entire film crew will take a bow in front of the Bitola audience. The Pursuit of Happiness by Marija Dzidzeva about the bachelors from the Bitola region who are looking for brides in Albania will be screened in front of the audience for first time, as well as Sweets by one of the most intriguing Israeli directors, Joseph Pitchhadze, and the stop-animation Alerik by Vuk Mitevski, which was screened at the Sarajevo FF last month will also have its Macedonian premiere.


Every year I say that we have the highest quality edition, but this time I will let you take a look at the program and see for yourself that this program we will bring the biggest smile on the faces of our audiences with a huge number of superb film achievements and renowned names. This year we had a rare chance to be the reason for a minor, interesting dispute. In fact, one of the cinematographers in the main selection, Mr. Fred Kelemen himself, insisted and convinced the producers of the film Sweets, for the film to have its international premiere exactly at the Manaki Brothers festival. Both world and domestic cinematographers feel attached to the festival. That is why we have more and more proposed films with every passing year, which leads to a higher number of guests.


We are ahead of an exceptionally rich festival edition. This year I am particularly proud of the extremely diverse program. With all our might we tried to bring the most beautiful Nordic light to Bitola. A light which will give us an incredible dynamics during these seven festival days. A program filled to the brim with quality films, the largest number of workshops so far, conferences, launch-events, amazing authors and guests, program innovations that we are offering to all film addicts. I believe that we will all enjoy each single moment of this edition together, which is why I invite everyone to come and be our guest in Bitola” emphasized Labina Mitevska, Festival Director.


Apart from the film program, we have also scheduled some other surprises. The presentation of three Balkan Cinematography Departments (from Belgrade, Ljubljana, Skopje) which will give us a glimpse into the future of the profession and young authors. Also, the film debate club from Bitola – Counter Angle will be a part of the festival through a film discussion. From the remaining additional events, the Festival offers 3 talks with the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Special Award Golden Camera 300; four workshops; the Second Balkan Conference of Cinematographers supported by IMAGO; book launch of Theory and Practice of Documentary Film by Antonio Mitrikjeski; the script corner, etc.  


“We are proud that as an official partner of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers, for the fourth year in line, we are contributing to its well-merited high reputation, which to a large extent depends on the ambitious and high quality official festival program, but also on the supporting festival programs providing additional value to the festival itself. One of those elements most certainly is the junior program. The excellent response to the films from the previous programs designed for the littlest has motivated us to take a step further, so this year apart from the 5 latest children’s films, within the Junior program there will be creative workshops for children be focusing on creating art as a combination of creativity and technology”, told us Nikola Ljushev, Chief Executive Officers of Vip operator.


Within the festival we also present the already-mentioned Vip Junior Program containing five films from the latest production, aimed at giving the youngest the chance to gain the habit of going on the movies and develop their aesthetic values. The workshops will be on the presently highly popular technique of stop-animation and it will be held at 15.00 every festival day from Monday to Thursday. What is peculiar this year is that one of the films in the junior program will be dubbed by a professional Macedonian actor.  

The selector of the main program, Blagoja Kunovski-Dore, on the other hand, briefly presented the main selection which brings us the maximum number of films in the race for the three Cameras 300.


 “This year’s edition has a well-deserved high rating of the main competition - the feature that we are recognized by in the world, containing both new names imposed because of their quality, and at the same time also paying attention to the continuity in the opuses of the already acclaimed names whose affirmation is related to our festival, which is something that we are extremely proud of. The specificity of my selection is that this year quite spontaneously it turned out that we have 4 films in black and white color technique of high aesthetic value. We simply had to have a prestigious competition since the three awards will be decided upon by a jury of high competence led by the great cinematographer Josй Luis Alcaine. Also, I am very glad that finally we have the first lady, our well-deserving laureate of the Special Award Camera 300, French cinematographer Agnes Godard.”


From the aspect of the selector of the also, competitive program of New Visions, Suncica Unevska, we heard the following:


“The fifth edition of the New Visions Program this year, in honor of its jubilee, brings us and even more daring and more intriguing selection. Six films, out of which as many as four are debuts and a second feature film, but also something which is much more of a peculiarity – two female directors of photography, notably Maria Secco from Canada and Sofia Oggioni from Colombia. The films for this edition for the first time are not from Europe, apart from one - the wacky tragicomedy Adria Blues by Miroslav Mandic, the author of which has worked with Emir Kusturica and Zelimir Zilnik, and was also the scriptwriter of the cult series of The Surrealists' Hit Parade. The rest of the films are from Colombia - Towrope, a film springing from the eternal beauty and force of the Andes; The Golden Cage from Guatemala - titled after a sad Mexican ballad, Taboor from Iran, a science-fiction alternative of Teheran. And two equally fierce films from Israel, Youth – about an unusual act of terrorism and Rock the Casbah, another rock theme in the hotspot of Gaza. This selection offers a variety of films, which all share a single joint quality of an uncompromising outlook on life.


The selector of the documentary program, Gena Teodosievska, presented the selection essential to the festival in recent years:


“Documentary films have always emphasized that reality touches upon the real heroes, not only the ones of our own time, but also of the times past and times coming. This reality is becoming increasingly cruel, unthinkably cumbersome, but also exciting, funny, witty, inspiring, unbelievable, yet true, a reality we avoid hearing, knowing or remembering about. To what extent we are prepared to face reality or will we keep our “eyes wide shut” as silent on-lookers of our own mental atonia. Since this reality is magical, very often enchanting. Reality becomes and remains someone’s state, but authors of documentary films will never settle with this passive and inert state-of-things only as a process. They will always be THE VOICE.

The eights documentary film stories which I have chosen strive towards creating a link of mutual trust between the viewer and the characters, those who are set on the margins of the film screen but “burden” us with the story they tell us. With unfathomable faith in themselves, in their idea, in particular with faith and respect for their characters, the real protagonists of the films, the ones they believe we also need to learn about, Marija Dzidzeva, Zeljko Mirkovic, Amnon Zlait, Deborah Van Dam, Barbara Miller, Dror Moreh, Ben Lewis and Marat Sargsyan have created film stories which we will always keep as part of our existence, a previous viaduct to our next “source”. They had real heroes in front of their camera and seems that it is only in documentaries that the characters can “speak” more than the camera.”


This year within the Festival, the Macedonian Film Professionals’ Association has decided to award a special Golden Camera 300 for special contribution to the development of the Macedonian cinematography to the Director Kiril Cenevski.


Cenevski’s films have been (and will forever remain), the true beginnings of the new Macedonian cinematography. Black Seed receives as strong standing ovations after screenings, as ever! Yet of no lesser importance is Cenevski’s strong influence on the independence of the MACEDONIAN cinematography and its authentic aesthetics and the authentic cinema expression. This required the vision of a pioneer, but also the courage of a great fighter. There is almost not a single Macedonian film professional that has not been baptized by the fire of his films. In Black Seed, Anguish, the wonderful documentaries and series about the laureates of the Struga Poetry Evenings. As an artistic director of Vardar Film, he was the creator of the golden years of the Macedonian film there, he lifted out professional and technical standards to a level which we have not been able to attain since. He always sought new forms and technologies in film production.

He deserves to join the order of the highest merit”, Gorjan Tozija, Director of MFPA.


This year too, the opening and closing ceremonies of Manaki Brothers will be broadcasted directly from the red carpet in the first channel of MTV.



The 34th edition of Manaki Brothers takes place from 14th to 20th September 2013 in Bitola and will open with the premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by Director Igor Ivanov–Izi. Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine is the winner of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in 2013 and the French Cinematographer Agnes Godard is the winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art. The members of the juries who will grant the awards in the competitive programs are composed of renowned international professionals from the area of culture and art. Apart from the scenario of the glamorous Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, five more projects have been selected for the Manaki Brothers script corner.


With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.



Please find attached: festival program.



About the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers – Bitola


The International Cinematographer’s Film Festival Manaki Brothers, which takes place in Bitola every year, is organized by the Macedonian Film Professionals’ Association, under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Macedonia and supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Film Fund of the Republic of Macedonia, Municipality of Bitola. Vip operator is the official partner, Spaarkasse Bank is the General Sponsor.

The pillar of the festival program is Camera 300 – the Official Competition of long-feature films from the latest European and world production. The Directors of photography of the films participating in this program compete for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300. Apart from the official competition, awards are also presented in the Short Film Program as well as the New Visions Program, while the Documentary program is also of great quality. There are also workshops, seminars, promotions, exhibitions during the festival. Manaki Brothers also awards the Lifetime Achievement Award Golden Camera 300. With its remarkable program which turns richer with every passing year, the Festival is enticing for film-makers and film lovers from all over the world alike.


More info: www.manaki.com.mk


Contact Manaki Brothers

Zarko Kujundjiski

Office of the Manaki Brothers Festival

e-mail: press@manaki.com.mk



About Vip operator

Vip operator is member of the Telekom Austria Group. On the 26th March 2097, Vip operator obtained the license for third mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia, after it won the 10-year GSM 900/1800 license tender with automatic extension for additional 10 years. Vip operator started its commercial operation on the 19th September 2007. By the end of 2012, the services of Vip operator are used by 632,000 users. As of May 2008, Vip operator is in strategic partnership with Vodafone. As of August 2012 Vip operator has its own 3G HSPA+ network.

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Corporate Communications

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ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator announce


THE GLAMUROUS ACTRESS FROM THE LEGENDARY EX-YU FILMS, MIRJANA KARANOVIC, PARTICIPANT IN THE MANAKI BROTHERS SCRIPT CORNER 2013


Bitola, 28th August 2013. –  The International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers – Bitola and Vip operator have the exquisite honor to announce that the Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, familiar to generations of viewers from a large number of legendary films from the territory of former Yugoslavia, has confirmed her attendance at the renowned Manaki Brothers Script Corner. Karanovic herself will present and develop her script titled A Good Wife.  


The films When Father was away on Business by Emir Kusturica and Grbavica: Esma’s Secret by Jasminka Zbanjic had a crucial impact in Karanovic’s career; the latter winning the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. In the meantime she also had a role in projects such as Cabaret Balkan by Goran Paskaljevic, Strawberries in the Supermarket by Dushan Milic, Underground by Kusturica, Witnesses by Vinko Breshan (thus becoming the first Serbian actress to have starred in a Croatian film after the war), also in the films of the greatest Yugoslavian and Serbian directors (Goran Markovic, Lordan Zafranovic, Boro Drashkovic, Zika Pavlovic, Veljko Bulajic). She is also famous for numerous television roles (the show The Storks will Return) and roles in the theater. The critics have dubbed her the greatest Balkan actress of all times and very often compare her to Meryl Streep. She is a professor of acting at the Serbian Academy of Arts, coming to Bitola with a desire to learn more about the script-writing technique, which once again affirms the prestige of the script-corner.


The remaining projects selected for the workshop that will take place on the 18th and 19th of September are:


Tomi AleksovCandid camera, Macedonia

Darijan PejovskiSeptember, Macedonia

Gjorce StavreskiKrani, Macedonia

Saulius Drunga - Zuckerzeit, Lithuania

Ivan MarinkovicBlack needle, Monte Negro


The program also enables a two-day rotating workshop on scrip development with Elma Tatargic, script-doctor from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who among other things was the author of the scenario for Snow which won the award of Critics Week Grand at the Cannes film festival.


One participant at the Manaki Brothers Script Corner will be awarded a prize in the amount of 1,500 EUR, to be presented by Darko Bashevski, Head of the Macedonian Film Fund on the 19th September.


The Manaki Brothers Script Corner is a more recent project of the International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers, the goal of which is to support and train film authors. It is also supported by the Macedonian Film Fund.


A dozen projects have been turned into films within this program, two of which have been realized, and one will have its premiere this year at the Manaki Brothers. The woman who brushed off her tears by Teona Strugar Mitevska, with a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and the Day comes tomorrow by Ming Lee Chang. The Piano Room by Igor Ivanov, the opening film in 2013 was also part of the program. The rest of the films are in stages of pre or post production, such as Michael Jackson by Darko Lungulov, Baikonur by Veit Helmer, Lazarus by Svetozar Ristevski, Children of the Sun by Antonio Mitrikjeski.



The 34th edition of Manaki Brothers takes place from 14th to 20th September 2013 in Bitola and will open with the premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by Director Igor Ivanov–Izi. Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine is the winner of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in 2013 and the French Cinematographer Agnes Godard is the winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art. The members of the juries who will grant the awards in the competitive programs are composed of renowned international professionals from the area of culture and art.


With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.


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DEJAN DUKOVSKI AND ANTONIO MITRIKJESKI,

MACEDONIAN REPRESENTATIVES IN THE EMINENT INTERNATIONAL JURIES OF THE MANAKI BROTHERS 2013



22nd August 2013, Bitola, Macedonia - The International Cinematographers’ F1ilm Festival Manaki Brothers – Bitola and Vip operator have the honor to announce the members of the juries who will decide upon the awards in the competitive selections of the Manaki Brothers Festival. The jury of the Main Program and the New Visions Program is composed of acclaimed and admired names from the world of film and art.


The four highly valued statuettes Camera 300 (golden, silver, bronze, small) named in honor of the instigators of the Macedonian and Balkan film, the Manaki brothers from Bitola, and the Award New Visions, shall be decided upon by top world cinematographers, directors, scriptwriters, producers, as well as members of juries from major world festivals, writers, journalists, critics, publicists, university professors, scientific explorers.


The President of the five-member international jury of the main program is the Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine (born 1938), a legend in cinematography, while the remaining members are:


Elma Tatargic (born 1976), founder of the Sarajevo Film Festival where at the moment she is the selector of the main program. As a screen-writer – producer, she has participated in several films, most prominent of which is SNOW (2008), directed by Aida Begic. Apart from teaching script-writing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, she has also authored the book Stylistics of scriptwriting (2010).



Dejan Dukovski (born 1965), play and script writer from the Republic of Macedonia. He has lectured at the Department of film and television scriptwriting at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje. His plays have been translated in several languages and have been performed in theaters worldwide. The plays BALKAN IS NOT DEAD and CABARET BALKAN have been turned into films. THE BALKAN… directed by Aleksandar Popovski was screened last year in the competitive program of ICFF Manaki Brothers, and the award-winner CABARET BALKAN by Goran Paskaljevic in 1998 won the Broze Camera at the said festival.



Prof. Dr. Bojidar Manov (born 1947) is a leading film critic with international reputation. He is the Dean of the Cinema Faculty at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. Professor/Lecturer in the New Bulgarian University. He has held high positions in film organizations, such as Vice-President of FIPRESCI (International Film Critics Federation (2001-2005) and member of FIPRESCI Juries at festivals in: Cannes, Venice, Berlin, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, Palm Springs, Istanbul, Busan, Gothenburg, Valladolid, Wiesbaden, Thessalonica etc. He has authored books on film, and it is a peculiarity that Mr. Manov is the translator of the novels by writer Goce Smilevski from Macedonian into Bulgarian.


Amnon Zalait, is one of the most active and sought-after cinematographers, from the mid-generation. He has worked as a cinematographer on dozens feature films and his credits also include: documentaries, TV Series, music videos and hundreds of commercials. This 34th Edition of Manaki Brothers is his come-back, after 20 years, when he had a film in the main competition.



The president of the three-member jury of the New Visions program which has been of competitive character since 2011, will be Antonio Mitrikjeski, Macedonian director and professor of film and television direction. He has won several awards for his short-features from the students days. His long documentary THE LOVE OF KOCHO TOPENCHAROV was awarded with a golden medal in Belgrade, and the two feature films ACROSS THE LAKE and AS A BAD DREAM have been screened at a large number of festivals. He is also the founder of the private company for film production Horizon Film and author of two poetry books: Traveling and Traces.


The other members of the jury are the two ladies:


Shahla Nahid, PHD in social psychology, journalist and film critic at RFI, Radio France International. She has been covering many national and international film festivals as film critic, specialist of Iranian cinema or jury member. She has been part of the FIPRESCI jury in Cannes. She is responsible for a weekly radio magazine on culture named “Silk Road”.


Andronika Mаrtonova is a Bulgarian film critic and researcher in Asian cinema. She a Professor, at the Institute of Art Studies, and she is also is a visiting lecturer to other faculties and academies in Bulgaria.

She is author of numerous critical and scientific publications. Her book The Hieroglyph of Cinema. Aesthetics and Meaning in East Asia movies won a Crystal pyramid prize. As a film critic she was a jury member of numerous international film festivals.



The 34th edition of Manaki Brothers takes place from 14th to 20th September 2013 in Bitola and will open with the premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by Director Igor Ivanov – Izi. Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcain is the winner of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in 2013 and the French Cinematographer Agnes Godard is the winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art.


With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.


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SUPERB AGNÈS GODARD, THE FIRST WOMAN CINEMATOGRAPHER – WINNER OF THE SPECIAL AWARD GOLDEN CAMERA 300 IN THE HISTORY OF ICFF “MANAKI BROTHERS”



Bitola, August 14th 2013 – International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers – Bitola and Vip operator, exactly a month before the official festival start, have particular pleasure to announce that this year’s laureate of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art is the leading French Cinematographer Agnès Godard, which at the same time makes her the first woman-winner of this award in the 34-year history of this Festival.


The historic decision is well-deserved, since Godard possesses an exceptional opus of over 40 film titles filmed with eminent French directors, of which the tandem with the highly-respected director Claire Denis is of special importance.


In fact, Denis-Godard is one of the most fruitful tandems of two lady-artists, in both terms of creativity, as well as the number of filmed titles. Out of the imposing 15 films and TV series, we emphasize BASTARDS (2013, screened in the prestigious Cannes Program Certain Regard), as well as BEAU TRAVAIL (1999), which apart from the nomination for the Award of the European Film Academy, also brought Godard the awards: Cesar, then the award of the American Critics – NSFC, as well as the Chlotudis Award, which he won for the film FRIDAY NIGHT (2002).


It is interesting to mention that the first meeting between Agnès Godard and Claire Denis took place during the shooting of Wim Wenders’ films. Denis in the role of Wenders’ assistant, while Godard as camera assistant of the legendary cinematographer Henry Alekan. Thus, Godard was member of the team working on the two most famous of Wenders’ films THE STATE OF THINGS (1982) and WINGS OF DESIRE (1987). As camera assistant, only this time under the supervision of cinematographer Roby Muller, she also continued working with Wenders on PARIS, TEXAS (1984) and BEYOND THE CLOUDS (1995, co-directed with Michelangelo Antonioni).


Godard also built-up her precious experience by assisting another great cinematographer, bard Sacha Vierny, in the two films by British director Peter Greenaway - A ZED & TWO NOUGHS (1985) and THE BELLY OF AN ARCHITECT (1987).


The selected biography of cinematographer Agnès Godard’s independent career includes the films HOME (2008, starring Isabelle Huppert directed by Austrian Ursula Meier) for which she won the Lumière Award in France and the award at the Mar Del Plata Festival, then TOUS LES GARÇONS ET LES FILLES DE LEUR AGE (1994) awarded at the festival Torino, THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS (1998, directed by Eric Zonca), and STRAYED (2003, directed by the leading figure of the French Film André Téchiné).

Agnès Godard was born on 28th May 1951 in the town of Dun-sur-Auron, Cher, France. She started studying journalism, but after a few years she switched over to film studies, graduating at the renowned Parisian School IDHEC in 1980.



The 34th edition of Manaki Brothers takes place from 14th to 20th September 2013, in Bitola, and will open with the premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by Director Igor Ivanov – Izi. Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcain is the winner of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.


With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.



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ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator announce:


ALMODOVAR’S FAVOURITE CINEMATOGRAPHER,

THE SPANISH LEGEND JOSÉ LUIS ALCAINE,

WINNER OF THE GOLDEN CAMERA 300

FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2013



Bitola, 18 July 2013. –Today, at the second press-conference, the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers – Bitola and Vip operator announced that the Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine is the winner of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.


After four years of negotiations, we have confirmed the arrival of the ever-active Jose Luis Alcaine, legendary Spanish cinematographers of a record of 140 titles, most of which are long-feature films. In previous years Alcaine had to cancel his arrival to Bitola due to the shooting of films such as PASSION by Brian De Palma and I AM SO EXCITED by Pedro Almodovar.


Tandem Almodovar-Alcaine is one of the most fruitful in the Spanish and world cinema in general. Together they have signed the films MUJERES AL BORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS/WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (1988 with Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas), ATAME!/TIE ME UP!TIE ME DOWN! (1990, Victoria Abril); MALA EDUCATION/BAD EDUCTION (2004), LA PIEL QUE HABITO/THE SKIN I LIVE IN (2011, Banderas again), I AM SO EXCITED (2013).


His name is on the list of the favourite cinematographers of literally all Spanish directors of some consequence in the film word in the last 40 odd years. Vicente Aranda, Bigas Luna, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Carlos Saura, while in 1994, together with Fernando Trueba they won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, for the romantic comedy BELLE EPOQUE. Another fun-fact is that PASSION (2012) by the cult director De Palma, the master of neo-thriller is among Alcain’s “rare” excursions outside the borders of Spain.


In his long-lasting career, Alcaine has also won the Vulcain Award for best cinematographer at the Cannes Film for the THE SKIN I LIVE IN, as well as the EFA (European Film Academy) Award for best European cinematographer for Almodovar’s Volver.


Alcaine’s imposing opus has also been recognized with as much as 5 Goya Awards, the Spanish Academy Awards, for the film EL MONO LOCO/TWISTED OBSESSION (1990), BELLE EPOQUE (1993) EL PAJARO DE LA FELICIDAD (1994), DON QUIJOTE-EL CABALLERO (2003) LAS TRECE ROSAS (2008).


Jose Luis Alcaine, AEC, was born in 1938 in Tangier, Morocco, where he was also educated. He has put his signature on a truly record-breaking number of 145 films. Among the most recent ones is the LA BANDA PICASSO, directed by Spaniard Fernando Colomo, a biographical reminiscence of the time and life of the great Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.


The 34 edition of Manaki Brothers takes place from 14th to 20st September 2013, in Bitola, and will open with the premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by Director Igor Ivanov – Izi.


With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.



About the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers – Bitola

The International Cinematographer’s Film Festival Manaki Brothers, which takes place in Bitola every year, is organized by the Macedonian Film Professionals’ Association, under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Macedonia and supported by the Ministry of Culture.

The pillar of the festival program is Camera 300 – the Official Competition of long-feature films from the latest European and world production. The Directors of photography of the films participating in this program compete for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300. Apart from the official competition, awards at the Festival are also reserved for the Short Film Program and the New Visions Program, and important part of the Festival is also the Documentary program. There are workshops, seminars, debate sessions, exhibitions. The Festival also awards the Lifetime Achievement Award Golden Camera 300. The festival, with its impressive program which is largely enriched with every passing year, is attractive to film professionals and film-lovers from all over the world alike.


Additional information: www.manaki.com.mk

Contact Manaki Brothers
PR team
Board of the Manaki Brothers Festival

e-mail: press@manaki.com.mk


About Vip operator

Vip operator is member of the Telekom Austria Group. On the 26th March 2097, Vip operator obtained the license for third mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia, after it won the 10-year GSM 900/1800 license tender with automatic extension for additional 10 years. Vip operator started its commercial operation on the 19th September 2007. By the end of 2012, the services of Vip operator are used by 632,000 users. As of May 2008, Vip operator is in strategic partnership with Vodafone. As of August 2012 Vip operator has its own 3G HSPA+ network.

Additional information: www.vip.mk

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS  

for the Manaki Brothers Script Corner 2013



34rd International Film Festival Manaki Brothers and Macedonian Film Fund announce  script program Manaki Brothers Script Corner 2013. The program provides two days intensive script developing workshop with renown script doctor from Europe.


The successful candidates will have the working meetings during the 34rd edition of Manaki International Film Festival from 14 of September until 20 of September.


The official language of the Manaki Brothers Script Corner is English.


The festival will cover the travel and accommodation costs for the four selected scriptwriters.


Out of the four finalists one project will receive: Manaki Brothers Script Corner first award 1500 Euros.


Eligibility:


- Applicants must be from one of the European countries

- To have production company attached to the project


Requirements:


Please send the following documents in English


- Script  

- Synopsis

- Author’s statement

- Biography of scriptwriter

- Producer biography

- Company profile


Please send all the documents by e-mail in pdf format.


Deadline: 5th of August 2011


Contact person:


Jovanka Popova

info@manaki.com.mk


The announcement of the selected projects will be on 1st of September on the Manaki Festival official web site.

www.manaki.com.mk



About  Manaki Script Corner 2011 participates said:



Project: Monument to Michael Jackson - Darko Lungulov, Srbia,

the project is due to start shooting this summer


Winner of the first award


I liked the format of the workshop very much; it is always priceless to  have the opportunity to have your script read carefully by the other writers and industry professionals and to get honest and quality feedback without being scared of rejection or that you'll miss one-time opportunity to impress somebody. Also, the discussions and questions asked during the sessions really got me going after I've return from Bitola to work towards answering those questions in my script.

I think that that the group was excellent, extremely inspiring, it was a great working chemistry and that Marten's way of going thought the imperfections of each of our scripts was very sensitive and useful.

This workshop was also a great place to meet other writers. Sometimes that leads to great future collaborations between writers and writers and writers and directors. Thank you!

Darko Lungulov 


Project: Woman who brushed off her tears, Teona S. Mitevska – Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Germany

The film had the premier at  Berlin Film Festival 2012


Manaki Script corner gave me the possibility to not only work with a renowned professional such as Martin Rabarts, but to also be part of a wonderful group of creative/ filmmakers whose insights and input have enriched my scenario immersive. There is a beauty in the process of creating a piece of art, a film, and the work I did with Martin is a big part of this process of discovering, questioning, rediscovering, deepening the characters, the meaning, the soul of the project. Thank you Brother Manaki Film festival for this great opportunity and honor.


Project: Lazarus, Svetozar Ristevski – Macedonia

The project is  in the production

Winner of the second award


Manaki Script Corner was an excellent opportunity for me as a writer to test my story and characters, and to be able to see the strong and weak points of my screenplay. Also working with a group of fellow scriptwriters and producers from various backgrounds in intense workshop sessions, and discussing the story and the ideas behind the inspiration, I was able to see numerous possibilities for improving the script and giving more depth to my characters. Additionally, of course, the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with the top professionals, Marten Rabards and Danijel Hocevar, was invaluable in transforming Lazarus into a better and more unique screenplay.


I am grateful for being given the opportunity to participate in this excellent workshop, and to meet exceptional people.

Svetozar Ristovski



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THE FESTIVAL OPENING ON THE 14 SEPTEMBER WITH A PREMIERE OF THE MACEDONIAN FILM THE PIANO ROOM



Skopje, 15 May 2013. – Today, at the first press-conference of the International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers – Bitola and Vip operator announced that the 34th edition will take place from 14 to 20 September 2013 in Bitola, and will open with a premiere of the Macedonian film The Piano Room by director Igor Ivanov-Izi.


– Apart from Mothers and The Third Half, The Piano Room is the third Macedonian film in the last four years which is given the honor to be screened at the grand opening. This whole time we are trying to create a tradition, not only of screening our own film titles, but also of hosting the premieres of the most important Macedonian films. From year to year the task becomes easier to put into practice. This fact in itself speaks of the significance this Festival holds in the eyes of our authors. This time too, we will try to welcome the entire film crew of The Piano Room in Bitola and have an equally rich edition – emphasized the Festival Director, Labina Mitevska.


A special appearance at the press-conference was that of the film director of the The Piano Room, Igor Ivanov.


– I am happy that the Macedonian premiere, as tradition demands, will take place at the oldest and most invaluable international film event, the Manaki Brothers Festival. This study of supporting characters confined to a single location is the mirror of the entire hypocrisy, absurdity and decadence of the generation we belong to, and I sincerely believe that with its own relevance, aesthetic framework and unique nature, it will get to the hearts of the different age, social and cultural levels of the Macedonian cinema-audience. The Piano Room encompasses an exceptional international authors’ and acting crew that I am endlessly grateful to for their unconditional commitment to the project, especially when it comes to the acting, photography and music, which provide an exquisite artistic and production value to the project – said Izi.


At the same time, Manaki Brothers and Vip have extended their partnership, which they assess as exceptionally inspiring, for the fourth time.


– Vip is truly honored to be part of this important cultural event for the fourth year in line, which apart from offering the Macedonian cinema audiences a taste of the latest films, also provides serious contributions to the building of cultural values. As the youngest operator on the market, Vip has been creating its story successfully for six years already. However, the growth and development of a company is not possible if it takes place away from other social currents. We perceive this as an interactive process which is inseparably tied to the process of development of the wider community. Exactly because of this, it is also very important for us to be part of this major cultural event. On the 34 edition of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers, we will pay significant attention to the program designed for the youngest film lovers – children. To our great pleasure, the children have taken to the program with great enthusiasm in the past years and they enjoyed the film stories so we have no doubts that this year too, they will let the light in, onto their senses - stated Nikola Ljushev, Chief Executive Officer of Vip operator.



On this occasion, this year’s creative design prepared by the Marketing Agency FUTURA 2/2 was also presented. Keeping up with both tradition and innovation, the Festival turns a new page in its creative identity, which continues under the motto Let the Light in. The entire design is inspired by the dance of light, which is the key to the cinematic art. Manaki Brothers emphasized that this Festival belongs to the film cinematographers and it strives to make this prominent in a different way every year, since, as in any other major festival, there is a lot of glamour, yet the essence and originality remain top priorities.


– Light is the essential tool of any cinematographer. Light is the magic on the silver screen, the instigator of motion pictures. That is why we decided to give this motto to the oldest film festival dedicated to the craft of cinematographers. Together with Futura 2/2, this year we tried to introduce freshness, originality, warmth, an artistic expression in the poster design and the entire visual concept of the festival – Mitevska concluded.


Apart from the first trailer of the film The Piano Room, those attending could also see the official Festival poster and Junior Program poster for the first time.

The International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers, which takes place every year in Bitola is organized by the Film Professionals Association of the Republic of Macedonia, under the patronage of the President of the Republic and is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Macedonian Film Fund, and the Municipality of Bitola. The official festival partner is Vip operator, the general sponsor is Sparkasse Bank.



With ICFF Manaki Brothers and Vip operator, much more light in Bitola and in Macedonia.



Please find attached: electronic versions of the synopsis, photographs of the film as well as the festival posters.


About the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers – Bitola

The International Cinematographer’s Film Festival Manaki Brothers, which takes place in Bitola every year, is organized by the Macedonian Film Professionals’ Association, under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Macedonia and supported by the Ministry of Culture.

The pillar of the festival program is Camera 300 – the Official Competition of long-feature films from the latest European and world production. The Directors of photography of the films participating in this program compete for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300. Apart from the official competition, awards at the Festival are also reserved for the Short Film Program and the New Visions Program, and important part of the Festival is also the Documentary program. There are workshops, seminars, debate sessions, exhibitions. The Festival also awards the Lifetime Achievement Award Golden Camera 300. The festival, with its impressive program which is largely enriched with every passing year, is attractive to film professionals and film-lovers from all over the world alike.


Additional information: www.manaki.com.mk

Contact Manaki Brothers
PR team
Board of the Manaki Brothers Festival

e-mail: press@manaki.com.mk


About Vip operator

Vip operator is member of the Telekom Austria Group. On the 26th March 2097, Vip operator obtained the license for third mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia, after it won the 10-year GSM 900/1800 license tender with automatic extension for additional 10 years. Vip operator started its commercial operation on the 19th September 2007. By the end of 2012, the services of Vip operator are used by 632,000 users. As of May 2008, Vip operator is in strategic partnership with Vodafone. As of August 2012 Vip operator has its own 3G HSPA+ network.

Additional information: www.vip.mk

Contact Vip operator
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Corporate Communications
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