Bitola (14.09.2019) – The 40th jubilee edition of the “Manaki Brothers” festival will be open on 14 September (Saturday) at the Centre for Culture in Bitola. 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.