MACEDONIA IN PICTURES
Screening of a restored documentary, “Macedonia in Pictures” (1923) by Arsenij Jovkov and four other ethnological films is formally opening the 2009 Film Program at the Cinematheque of Macedonia tomorrow.
“'Macedonia in Pictures,’ which was restored at Jadran Film in Zagreb us of special importance for Macedonia and the Macedonian identity. One of the oldest materials in possession of the Cinematheque, the film was shot to mark the 20th anniversary of Ilinden Uprising,” Director of the Cinematheque Mimi Gjorgoska-Ilievska said.
Besides Jovkov’s film, the evening will also see newly restored “Easter Customs” (1945) by Aco Petrovski; “Gjurgovden Customs in Skopje Area” (1956) by Blagoja Drnkov;
“Fisery in Lake Katlanovo” (1964) and “Mariovo Wedding” (1966) by Vera Klickova in an event accompanied on the piano by Stefan Panovski and by the Baklava band.
Gjorgoska-Ilievska announced presentation of prominent figures from film art for this year. One of the first guests in March is Jiří Menzel, one of the European most influential film authors. The Cinematheque will also organize a festival of American classical western movies in collaboration with the US Embassy. Collaboration with the Japanese Embassy in Vienna brings a retrospective of the modern author’s films in March. Furthermore, there will be a Week of Francophony with modern films shot in French-speaking areas as well as a retrospective of films by an Italian author and presentation of the Czech cinematography.