The director of the festival, Gena Teodosievska, who brought the slogan “Film belongs to all of us”, gave her gratitude to all those who helped in the making of the festival and all those who this evening were sitting in the seats in the hall where our ancestors sat at the beginning of the “Manaki Gatherings”.

-To me this festival is my film school. I am part of you since 1985, a part of this festival. I can really say that this festival is my great love. They say that those who ask bring the light. These films that we picked for you will pose many questions, Teodosievska said.

At the opening ceremony of the 40th edition of the ICFF “Manaki Brothers”, the film Pain and Glory was screened. The ceremony was also attended by the cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine.

-It is my second time in Bitola and this is an amazing experience for me all over again.  My prime language isn’t English, it isn’t Macedonian, it isn’t even Spanish, but it is images and I hope that through images I will give you what I want to say, Alcaine said before the screening.