FESTIVALS: Manaki Brothers ICFF Kicks off


BITOLA: More than 150 feature films, documentaries and short films will screen at the 37th International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers, which kicked off in Bitola, Macedonia on 10 September 2016.

Headed by new festival director Blagoja Kunovski, the festival will feature its traditional Golden Camera 300 competition for best cinematographic work. It will also honor Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller and Australian cinematographer, Oscar-winning John Seale, with the Golden Camera 300 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael will receive the Golden Camera 300 Special Award for outstanding contribution to the world of art. Renowned British producer Simon Perry will receiveThe Big Star of Macedonian Cinema Award, presented by the AFPM/ Macedonian Film Professional Association, for producing the most successful Macedonian film of all times, Before the Rain, and for discovering Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski.

The festival will wrap on 17 September 2016.


The Liberation of Skopje by Danilo and Rade SerbedzijaThe Liberation of Skopje / Osloboduvanje na Skopje (Macedonia, Croatia, Finland)
Directed by Danilo & Rade Serbedzija
Produced by Partysans Film
Coproduced by Kino Oko, Mainframe Film Production, Art Films production AFP, Film and Music Entertainment, Lijeni Film, MP Film Production
Supported by the Macedonian Film Agency, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Finnish Film Fund, the Finnish National Television, Eurimages

Graduation / Bacalaureat (Romania, France, Belgium)
Directed by Cristian Mungiu
Produced by Mobra Films
Coproduced by Why Not Productions, Les Films du Fleuve, France 3 Cinéma
Supported by the Romanian National Film Centre (CNC), Eurimages

Endless Poetry / Poesia sin fin (France, Chile)
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki / Hymyilevä Mies (Finland, Sweden, Germany)
Directed by Juho Kuosmanen

The Dancer / La Danseuse (France, Belgium, Czech Republic)  
Directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto
Produced by Les Productions du Trésor
Coproduced by Les Films du Fleuve, Sirena Film

Like Crazy / La pazza gioia (Italy)
Directed by Paolo Virzi

The Neon Demon (Denmark, France)Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) / Bang Gang (une histoire d'amour moderne) (France)
Directed by Eva Husson

Belgica (Belgium, France)
Directed by Felix van Groeningen

Sieranevada (Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, France)
Directed by Cristi Puiu
Produced by Mandragora
Coproduced by Studioul de Creaţie Cinematografică Romania, 2006 d.o.o., Spiritus Movens, Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production, Alcatraz Films
Supported by the Romanian National Film Centre, Fondacija za Kinematografiju Sarajevo, the Macedonian Film Agency, Eurimages, Region Ile de France

United States of Love / Zjednoczone Stany Miłości (Poland, Sweden)
Directed by Tomasz Wasilewski
Produced by Manana
Coproduced by VP SA, Film i Väst, Common Ground Pictures
United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski, photo: Oleg Mutu, MananaSupported by the Polish Film Institute

Toni Erdmann (Germany, Austria, Romania)
Directed by Maren Ade
Produced by Komplizen Film
Coproduced by Coop99 Filmproduktion, Hi Film Productions

Soy Nero (Germany, France, Mexico)
Directed by Rafi Pitts

The Patriarch / Mahana (2016, New Zealand)
Directed by Lee Tamahori