Meet and Greet with Milcho Manchevski
On April 15, students and faculty gathered in ABF 6306 to meet Macedonian director, photographer, writer, and actor Milcho Manchevski. The audience could ask question about his professional experience and his movie “Mothers” which was screened the night before, as part of the program of the Visual and Performing Arts Center at AUBG.
Manchevski went to a film school in Illinois. He said that it is an advisable path for future filmmakers, due to the availability of film equipment and the proximity of artists with experience. The ultimate trail a school is supposed to leave on an individual is to “think and analyze” and this, according to him, is attainable even without precise education in the field.
Apart from directing feature films, Manchevski has created short movies, a full-length documentary, a semi-documentary (“Mothers”), a couple of music videos, a TV series episode, and commercials. He explained that the form is obviously subdued to the simple urge of producing something “I’d be happy to sign”. Where films stray from commercials is that film means creating while commercial—is making something run smoothly.
Prof. Sean Homer asked the director who are the directors that gave Manchevski an artistic direction and vision. He answered that he doesn’t really watch a lot of movies and finds them rather boring in general. He contrasted them to NBA games in which at least you cannot foresee the end. Regardless of his reluctance towards films, he named two possible influences: Nagisa Ôshima and Milos Forman.
Manchevki said that one is always pressured by money and that “no film-maker knows whether his film is going to be seen, apart from Scorsese and Spielberg”. He emphasized the importance of festivals when aiming at countries different than the one of origin. “Distributors are also critiques who can give your film a hand and hopefully your producer will know the right people to forward the film to”, Manchevski said..
The director advised the prospective filmmakers not to over-think how the audience will react but to be satisfied with the attention of like-minded viewers. “You end up doing boring things if all you do is talking,” he said in conclusion.
The Visual and Performing Arts Center at AUBG was opened on Tuesday, April 14. It is meant to be the venue for different theater, music, and dance performances and festivals; art cinema panoramas; recitals and concerts; photo, painting, sculpture, digital arts exhibitions and installations; conferences; artist training; and others. The Center is in the ABF Theater Hall, but the Sports Hall and the lobby will be used as well. As part of the Center, along with the screening of “Mothers,” there was a screening of the movie Mission London, a reading by AUBG professors, an art exhibition in the ABF lobby called 1001 Desires, by Nadejda Oleg Lyahova, a contemporary Bulgarian artist, and the exhibition From Iconography to Modern Thematics: A Journey by the Greek artist Maria Hatzopoulou, in front of the Panitza Library.