It is our great pleasure to inform you that one day before the start of the 40th jubilee edition of the International Cinematographer’s Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, Edward Lachman, this year’s laureate of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement, arrived in North Macedonia. He arrived at the airport in Skopje this morning. He is happy that tomorrow evening he will be presented with the award of the festival that celebrates the work of cinematographers. He is curious to get to know the country he comes to, poses a lot of questions about Macedonia, he is interested in the politics and the life of people. He is also interested in the history of the “Manaki Brothers” festival and he is happy, in his words, that he is invited specifically this year, when the jubilee is celebrated.

Lachman is on the top of the American and world cinematographies for decades, with a couple of Oscar candidate films, with 2 Oscar nominations.

The jubilee edition of the “Manaki Brothers” festival will be open tomorrow evening (Saturday, 14 September) at the Centre for Culture. The festival will be pronounced as open by the president of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, and part of the ceremony will be the presentation of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement to the grand world and American cinematographer Edward Lachman.

This year’s recipient of the “Big Star of Macedonian Film”, the composer Ljupcho Konstantinov, will receive the award from the president of the Macedonian Film Professionals’ Association, Igor Ivanov – Izi.

At the opening ceremony, the audience at the Centre for Culture in Bitola will see the performance whose director is Srgjan Janikijevik, who says that it is in the context of this year’s motto of the jubilee edition of the festival.

“It is a cinematic experience in itself in which the audience is included as an actor, as a sort of a frame of the “film”. An experience in which the reality is melted into art and vice versa. We work on the performance with Iskra Shukarova and the director Johan Melin from Sweden”, Janikijevik said.

The scene design is by Marija Veteroska and Vlatko Chachorovski. The costumes are by Marija Papucheska. The music is a remix by Ilija Cvetkovski from a theme by Ljupcho Konstantinov from the film Happy New ’49. In the performance (besides the audience), students from FMA (ballet pedagogy) and Stefanija Milev will also take part.

After the opening ceremony, there will be two screenings of the most recent film by Pedro Almodovar – Pain and Glory, at the Center for Culture. The premiere of the film will also be attended by the cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine.

On Sunday (15 September) at 10:00, a press conference will be held with him at the Press center of the festival.