20 September, Bitola – Paying respect to the work of the Manaki brothers and the visit of Milton Manaki’s grave at the Vlach cemetery in Bitola is a tradition which is kept up for years by the ICFF “Manaki Brothers”, together with the hosts from the Commune of the Vlachs and the Council of the Municipality of Bitola.
The guests were welcomed to the Vlach cemetery complex by Stefan Hadzi-Andonoski, who reminded of the fact that Milton’s grave is located in Bitola, whereas Janaki Manaki is buried in Thessaloniki. He also added that this year marks a 55-year anniversary from Milton Manaki’s death.
-At this place 40 years ago, when we organized a commemoration for Milton Manaki, we raised the initiative for an eternal memory of the great work of the Manaki brothers. That is how the idea of the Manaki Gatherings was born, which grew into the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” – Stefan Hadzi-Andonoski explained.
The director of the 40. ICFF “Manaki Brothers”, Gena Teodosievska, paying respect to the work of the Manaki brothers gave the gratitude for all who gave the unselfish support in the conducting of the festival, such as the Municipality of Bitola, the Ministry for Culture, the Film Agency, all the cultural institutions in Bitola, and, of course, the locals and the audience in Bitola.
The cinematographer and laureate Yorgos Arvanitis, taking a bow on the grave of Milton Manaki, said that we should continue in the nurturing of the work of the Manaki brothers and he remembered that he was on the same spot for only a day more than 10 years ago, when along with the director Theo Angelopoulos they made shots for the purpose of the film Ulysses’ Gaze. There had been great snow that day in Bitola, and he now noticed that the city is totally different from that time.
The delegation of the Council of Bitola was led by Valentin Gruevski, and the other attendees were the councilors Biljana Popovska and Ivancho Toshevski.
The others to pay respect to the work of Milton Manaki were Paul Rene Roestad, president of the Board of IMAGO, the cinematographer Rainer Klausmann, the members of the festival jury Dominique Welinski and Fejmi Daut, the artistic director of the festival Blagoja Kunovski – Dore, as well as other cinematographers, authors and guests at the 40. ICFF “Manaki Brothers”.