MACEDONIA TIMELESS IN WHY WE TRAVEL SECTION OF NY TIMES
A story about the first of a series of commercials "Macedonia Timeless", directed by Milco Mancevski, was published in the New York Times' Travel Guide.
In the section Why We Travel, the author Will Rosenthal writes about a film shoot in Konjsko, Macedonia. Rosenthal, a Brooklyn social worker, photographs the actress Ana Lukic on the set of a commercial along the edge of Lake Prespa.
"I'm a social worker, but in previous life I was a filmmaker. My undergraduate degree was in film. I was in Macedonia watching an old friend of mine from film school shoot a commercial promoting travel to Macedonia. So they were shooting different locations around the country, and I just tagged long to all these beautiful places."
"It reminded me maybe what Italy was like in the '50s, where it's underdeveloped but has this fascinating culture," the author said.
"It seems like every major civilization has marched through there and conquered it at one time or another.They've all left their mark. It's much more intriguing than Western Europe. It's the Balkans."
"It's rich, and it's complicated, and it has this real rugged beauty to it. It's in flux, so that's interesting to see. It hasn't achieved some end state of developed stasis."
The New York Times sees Macedonia as a newly discovered travel destination.
It is one of the effects of the commercial video "Macedonia Timeless". This spring, Milco Mancevski's video was praised by Bradt Travel Guide. "Mancevski's advertisement being showed by CNN is finally placing Macedonia as equal among many other perfect advertisements of top travel destinations," the Bradt travel guide said.
Last month, this video won the first prize for best video clip at the International Festival on Tourism Films and Clips in Poland.