“Dust is an anachronistic and iconoclastic cross-cultural “baklava Western” that explores what happens when West meets East in the violent history of the Balkans... In both
features, Manchevski uses diverse characters and a fragmented narrative structure to create a mosaic in which the details of history are subjective, contradictory, and illusory, and recollections are repeatedly altered to suit the desires of the storytellers or the narrative structures of the stories that they want to tell. In Dust, Manchevski carries this approach to abstract and surreal dimensions... The filmmaker also plays with the authority of documentary photography; in Dust, photos are records of a past which, as the stories unfold, we realize might never have happened. The photographs are only as true as the tales in which they reside... But perhaps Dust is most significantly a film about Manchevski’s love for the act of storytelling, which passionately endures despite violence and loss.”

(Roderick Coover, Film Quarterly)

“Passion, hatred, greed, cruelty, blood, destiny, repentance in the Balkans. Ambitious and fascinating, sometimes great, sometimes rhetorical, compelling but sometimes slow, violent but with touches of virtue, the film by Milcho Manchevski is a Balkan Western, a fine example of imperfection to love.”

(La Repubblica)

“The chaotic, brutal iconography of Italian Westerns is put to novel use in this timetraveling, self-referential, hugely ambitious story... The Macedonian sequences are
breathtaking, unfolding against a serene, desert landscape of blasted villages and bloody corpses. Manchevski has nothing less in mind than an investigation into the nature of storytelling, twisting and fracturing his narrative and using jarringly disjunctive images to pull the past and present into a Moebius strip of cruelty, retribution and hope of heaven.”

(Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide)





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