Manaki Brothers - International Cinematographers’ Film Festival


September 27, Bitola – Honoring the 100-year anniversary from the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s birth, the film Persona will be screened tonight at the ICFF Manaki Brothers. This film was shot in 1966 on an island in the Baltic Sea where the author himself lived, where he shot his films and where he is buried. On this occasion, the Swedish Ambassador Mats Staffansson and the director of the Cinematheque of Macedonia Vladimir Angelov introduced the program for the marking of this anniversary.

-I am honored to be a guest of this big and respected festival, especially at the marking of the anniversary of the birth of the great film, theater director and production designer, who was very productive. The film Persona is one of his most complicated films, but also one of his most criticized ones. Still, the film Persona is a psychological drama which is the Mount Everest of film art. Bergman’s films are very deep, he is fantastic person, and it is very unusual that he didn’t win an Oscar, even though he had 8 or 9 nominations. But he wasn’t very concerned about that, the Swedish Ambassador Mats Staffansson said.

Partner of the festival is the Cinematheque of Macedonia, whose director Vladimir Angelov talked about the preparations for the marking of the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Ingmar Bergman.

-I would like to point out that Bergman is also an author of 4 autobiographies, aside of his work on directing and script-writing, so he was truly a complex person. I had the opportunity to meet him in Stockholm in 2003 and that was a revelation for me, it was one of the most important moments of my life. I think that we will have a good year of celebrating the work of Bergman and I would like for us to succeed in translating some of his books, the director of the Cinematheque of Macedonia Vladimir Angelov said.