34. International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” Opens With “The Piano Room”


The International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” launches its 34th edition with the premiere of Igor Ivanov’s latest film “The Piano Room”. The Festival will run September 14-20, traditionally in Bitola, Macedonia.

The rich festival program, held under the motto “Let the Light In” comprises of ten program sections with 74 outstanding film projects from the European and world film production.

The Official festival section offers 12 exceptional films among which “Sweets” by one of the most intriguing Israeli directors, Joseph Pitchhadze and “Tango Libre” by Frederic Fonteyne which will be screened at the closing ceremony. The New Visions section offers a bold and interesting choice of 6 films out of which 4 are debut films. With the exception of the comedy Adria Blues by Miroslav Mandic, the other films are non- European and come from Columbia, Guatemala, Tehran and Israel. The Documentary Film section features 8 provocative projects by Zeljko Mirkovic, Barbara Miller, Marat Sargsyan and others while the Macedonian panorama will present the latest of the Macedonian cinematography, some of the films being premierely screened: “Dissident”, “Hair”, “Play and Save”, “Audition material”, “Bitterness”, “To Guard a mountain”. For “Alerik” by Vuk Mitevski and “Mama Europa” by Petra Selishkar this marks as their Macedonian premiere following their world premiere at the 2013 Sarajevo Film Festival.

This year, the Macedonian Association of Film professionals decided to award Kiril Cenevski  with Golden Camera 300 for life achievments, while the laureates of the Special Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to World Film Art are Spanish cinematographer Mr Jose Luis Alcaine, the Head of the Festival’s Jury, and French director Mrs. Agnes Godard, in honor of whom the Festival will host special screenings of their films “The skin I live in” and “Home”, respectively.

The impressive Festival program will also be filled with a number of workshops, conferences, promotions, Script Corner and various other activities that will create an extraordinary dynamic atmosphere during the seven festival’s days.

The French actress Isabelle Huppert has been announced as an honorary guest and is expected to attend the Festival's closing ceremony.

More information about the festival, HERE