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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 17 | volume III | October-November, 2000



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Blesok no. 17October-November, 2000
Gallery Reviews

Festival “Manaki Brothers”, part I

The 21st International Film Camera Festival "Manaki Brothers", 27th of September – 01st of October 2000, Bitola


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Aleksandar Rusjakov

    Another edition of the International Film Camera Festival „Manaki Brothers” in Bitola – passed by. And if nothing else, this time, the Selector of the Festival can praise with the solid(?) number of features (16) – from which, fortunately for the film-lovers, numerously were of high cineastic quality, at least in the part of the international programme.
    But, lets start from the beginning… As first, we must mention that this year was the celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the Milton Manaki’s birth, one of the brothers-pioneers of the Cinema at the Balkans. And, on the other hand, we had IN MEMORIAM on the death of Branko Mihajlovski, one of the oldest Macedonian professional cameramen. The, as the other supplemental manifestations and events at the Festival, we must mention the Promotion of the Jerzy Menzel’s book, the presence of Freddie Francis, the Winner of the „Golden Camera 300” for Life Achievement, the retrospective on Branko Gapo, one (or two?) press-conferences, the promotion of the CD-ROM “The Cinema Century in Macedonia” and the 1st part of the book “History of the Film” by Georgi Vasilevski, published by the Cinematheque of Macedonia both. Those, as well as the few features out of competition – among which was the World Premiere of the film “Revenge”, in a Belgian-Macedonian co-production.
    For the first time at this Festival, the Awards for Camera and Directing in National Competition for Short Features were established: unfortunately, with the very poor selection, and with no classification by the genre.
    This year jury was: Jaromir Shofr (Czech Republic), Jacek Petrycki (Poland), John Christian Rozenlund (Norway), Vatroslav Mimica (Croatia) and Ivo Trajkov (Macedonia), which – like under some strange tradition, gave the Awards to the films that don’t deserve it. But – what’s done, it’s done… Although in International Competition, there were several really excellent films.
    Above all, there was the Lars Von Trier’s film “Dancer in the dark”, which is this year Golden Palm Award Winner at the Kann Film Festival, with Robby Miller as D.O.P, and Bjork in the leading role. It’s a film that kept the audience under full two-hour suspence, telling the story that vibrates between the Dogme-poetics and the poetics of the musical films, as between the good and evil, love and horror.
    From any point of view, this was, undoubtedly, the best film at the Festival, in general.
    By the quality, next films follow: the Spanish film “Alone” by Benito Zambrano






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