Original Format:  35 mm

Year of Released:  2010

Running Time:  123 min.

Director:  Milcho Manchevski

Producer:  Christina Kallas

Editor:  Zaklina Stojcevska

Screen Writer:  Milcho Manchevski

Director of Photography:  Vladimir Samoilovski

Music:  Igor Vasilev

Principal Cast:  Ana Stojanovska, Dimitar Gjorgjievski, Vladimir Jacev, Ratka Radmanovic, Salaetin Bilal, Dime Iliev

Brief Synopsis:
Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village – an elderly brother and sister who have not spoken to each other in 16 years. Retired cleaning women are found raped and strangled in a small town. The fiction slowly turns into a documentary. Marking the return of Milcho Manchevski, MOTHERS portrays all types: dedicated, neglectful, loving, absent. Through these women, Manchevski renders the faces of human tragedy and joy. Employing an innovative structure, the three stories in MOTHERS highlight the delicate relationships of truth and fiction, of drama and documentary. What is the nature of truth? Directed with a keen eye for contemporary Macedonia, the film eschews neatnarrative devices and pushes the viewer to confront their own definitions of filmic reality.


  • Silver Award for Film as Art Phenomenon – Minsk International Film Festival Listаpad, Belarus, 2011
  • Directing Award – Lјubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia, 2011
  • Critics Award for Best Film “Nebojsa Djukelic” – FEST International Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, 2011
  • Special Jury Prize in the selection “Europe out of Europe”- FEST International Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, 2011
  • FEDEORA (Federation of European and Mediterranean Film Critics) Award – Cinema City International Film Festival, 2011


  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2010
  • ICFF Manaki Brothers, Bitola, Macedonia, 2010
  • Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2010
  • Brno Cinema Mundi, Poland, 2010
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, USA, 2011
  • Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2011
  • Vilnius International Film Festival, Latvia, 2011
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey, 2011
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, Spain, 2011
  • Open City Docs Fest, London, UK, 2011
  • Scottsdale International Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • Pula International Film Festival, Croatia, 2011
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011
  • La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain, 2011
  • Transylvania International Film Festival Cluj, Sibiu, Romania, 2011
  • Moscow Film Festival, Russia, 2011
  • Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland, 2011
  • Syracuse International Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • Semana de Cinema Experimental, Madrid, Spain, 2011
  • International Film Festival of Goa, India, 2011
  • PriFilm Fest, Prishtina, Kosovo, 2011
  • Alpe Adria Cinema, Trieste Film Festival, Italy, 2012
  • Macedonian Film Festival, Australia, 2012
  • East by SouthEast Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012
  • “Europe on Screen” Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2013
  • Nancy – Lorraine International Film Festival, France, 2013
  • Macedonian Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2015

Official Website:

Production Companies:
Banana Film
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Cine-Sud Promotion
130, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris, France

Elements Film
92, Maria-Louisa blvd.
1680 Sofia, Bulgaria

Sales Contact:
Rendez-Vous Pictures
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