23 August, Bitola – At the second press-conference on the topic of the 39 edition of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” which took place today at the Center of Culture in Bitola, the Festival Director Gena Teodosievska announced the name of the recipient of the Special “Golden Camera 300” for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Art – the great Italian and world actress Claudia Cardinale. She will arrive in Bitola for the festival opening ceremony, where she will be presented with the award.

“I committed myself to bringing a very important name of cinema art to the festival, a film diva who is still active and reaps successes with her more recent European as well as Hollywood productions, an actress which the Cannes Film Festival honoured last year by putting her face on the festival poster”, Teodosievska said.

She informed that the preparatory work for the festival is under way as planned, and that unlike the previous year things are running without major stresses and unpleasant situations which was the case in the past two years, which she thanked for to the Film Agency and Gorjan Tozija. Teodosievska also emphasized the collaboration with the Center of Culture – Bitola, the Museum and Gallery Bitola and the Historic Archive in Bitola.

“This year too, the festival will do its task, which is to promote our culture, art and tradition with dignity, to educate and to present new concepts of world cinema as premieres in Macedonia”, Teodosievska said.

The Mayor of Bitola, Natasha Petrovska greeted the festival representatives and emphasized that in anticipation of the 39th edition of the “Manaki Brothers” Festival, Bitola is proud of it and that is represents a significant mark of the city.
“This year too, like every previous year, we will openhandedly support the “Manaki Brothers” Festival and I do hope that it will bring us pleasant moments and pleasure to the audiences”, Petrovska said.

Alessio Liquori, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Macedonia said that as Italians they are more than proud that this year the award is presented to Claudia Cardinale who is a symbol of art, but also of womanhood that the Italian cinema and culture is proud of.

The Artistic Director Blagoja Kunovski – Dore announced the names of the members of the international Jury who would be judging the work of the cinematographers in the Main Program and who will decide who will be the winners of the prestigious Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300. They are all highest-ranking professionals: Olympia Mytilinaiou, cinematographer (Greece) – president, Rainer Klausmann, cinematographer (Switzerland) – member, Gjorche Stavreski, director (Macedonia) – member, Mattias Troelstrup, cinematographer (Denmark) – member and Rebecca Fayyad Palud, Agent (France) – member.

“It is a very respectable jury, which we selected based on the principle of being famous internationally, but also locally, and which is at an exceptionally high level”, Kunovski said.

ICFF “Manaki Brothers” this year observes two important film anniversaries: 100 years since the birth of the great Ingmar Bergman, one of the best film directors of all time, and 60 years since the premiere of the Macedonian film “Miss Stone”. These commemorations are organized by the Cinematheque of Macedonia, which has been a partner of the festival for 39 years, as Cinematheque Director Vladimir Angelov said.

“Bergman’s films still live in the cinema halls and on TV, his works are still the subject of analysis of theorists, but there is another, not so well-known fact about Bergman, which is that he had an important role in the process of archiving films. In his honour we will screen one of the best films ever made – “Persona” (1966).

When it comes to Miss Stone, it is one of the most successful Macedonian films that the older generations might remember, but the younger ones do not, which is why we have decided to screen it in the wonderful setting of the “Magaza” in Bitola, be accompanied with an interesting exhibition telling us the story of this film starting from its conception to the successes it reaped”, Angelov said.The festival video, prepared by director Vardan Tozija in collaboration with the McCann Agency from Skopje and Vertigo visual, as well as the young collaborators from FDA from Skopje also premiered at the press-conference.

The communication partner of the 39 edition of the ICFF “Manaki Brothers” is the marketing agency “McCann Skopje” which signs the creative concept “Hats off” and the visual identity of the festival, the inspiration for which originated exactly in the respect for all filmmakers.