Macedonian Co-production "Sieranevada" Enters Cannes Film Festival Official Lineup


Macedonia will be featured as part of the official selection of the 69th edition of Cannes Film Festival through the Macedonian Film Agency and Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production with their latest co-production “Sieranevada” directed by Cristi Puiu.

Labina Mitevska, the Macedonian producer of the film, stated that the collaboration with the producers of the film was also initiated two years ago in Cannes, and expressed her hopes that this success will help open the Cannes door to other authors and producers from the country.

The Macedonian Film Agency director, Mrs. Mimi Gjorgoska Ilievska noted that Macedonia being part of an official selection in Cannes is a great achievement for Macedonian cinema. She also pointed out that this only reflects the efforts resulting from the partnership between the Macedonian Film Agency and the producers, directors and filmmakers with the aim of creating high quality film projects which will adequately represent the Macedonian cinematography.

Sieranevada is a co-production between Romania, France, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The project is supported by the Macedonian Film Agency as a minority co-production, with the amount of 5.000.000 MKD and by the European Cinema Support fund - Eurimages. The full budget of the project is 1.300.000 EUR.

Cristi Puiu is one of the most prominent European and world authors. He begins his film career in 2001, with his first film Stuff and Dough which premiered in the Directors fortnight section at Cannes Film Festival, while in 2004 his short film Coffee and Cigarettes wins the Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival. Sieranevada is his fourth film in Cannes but but the first one to have entered  the official lineup. The film is a story about a family reunion which presents interesting aspects and issues of everyday life in Romania.