Milcho Manchevski’s acclaimed Before the Rain (1994) is considered “one of the greatest debut feature films in the history of cinema” (Annette Insdorf) and “one of the most important films of the decade” (Ann Kibbey). The New York Times included it on its “Best 1,000 Films Ever Made“ list. It won the Golden Lion in Venice, Independent Spirit, an Academy Award nomination and 30 other awards.
Manchevski’s work – which also includes the award-winning features Dust (2001), Shadows (2008), Mothers (2010), Bikini Moon (2017), and the award-winning short forms The End of Time (2017), Thursday (2013), Macedonia Timeless (2009) Tennessee (1992) and 1.73 (1984), and an episode of HBO’s The Wire (2002) – “stands out in world cinema for its unique way of playing with space, time and emotion” (Keith Brown). Roger Ebert said, “Work like this keeps me going. A reminder of the nobility that film can attain.” “His unique blend of experimentation, poetry, emotion and a demand for the active participation of the viewer in the construction of meaning are highly praised.” (ConorMcGrady)
His work is part of the curricula at numerous universities and is the subject of many essays and books.