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WILLOW: A Live Screening of North Macedonia's Official Entry for the 2021 Academy Awards®

February 1, 2021, 6:00 P.M. PST

Live Online Webinar

Outside the Box [Office] invites you to a Live Screening of


North Macedonia's Official Entry
for the 2021 Academy Awards®

Followed by a Pre-Recorded Q&A with
Writer/Director Milcho Manchevski

6:00 P.M. PST on Monday, February 1, 2021


The screening of Willow (101 minutes)
will be shared directly in the Webinar.

Open to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni,
and the General Public.

About Willow

WILLOW_trailer from Milcho Manchevski on Vimeo.

A medieval couple in Macedonia cannot conceive. An old woman offers help – but only if they give her their firstborn. A year after they have a baby, she pays them a visit.

A taxi driver hits a man in the street. The ambulance and neighbors come and go. Seated alone on the curb in the rain, he waits for the police. Taken with his honesty, Rodna brings him an umbrella. Three years later they are married, but can’t conceive – until they try in-vitro. She gets pregnant with twins, but turns out one of the babies will be deformed. Knowing that he opposes abortion, she faces a tough choice.

Rodna’s sister has adopted a 5-year-old boy. He is very intelligent, but does not say a word. One day he goes missing.

Three stories, three unlikely heroines.

About the Guest

MILCHO MANCHEVSKI (Writer, Director, Producer)

Director Milcho Manchevski’s acclaimed Before the Rain 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 list “Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made”. It won the Golden Lion in Venice, Independent Spirit, an Academy Award® nomination and 30 other awards.

“Manchevski continues down his distinctive artistic path” (Hollywood Reporter) with the award-winning features Dust (which opened Venice 2001), Shadows, Mothers, Bikini Moon, the short forms The End of Time, Thursday, Macedonia Timeless, 1.73, Arrested Development’s Tennessee and an episode of HBO's The Wire. “His work 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.“ (Conor McGrady). His work is part of the curricula at numerous universities and is the subject of many essays and books.

Manchevski holds an honorary doctorate from VGIK in Moscow. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, European Film Academy and the PEN Club.

He has published books of photographs, essays and fiction; he has also taught and lectured extensively (NYU, Feirstein, EICTV, Babelsberg, London Film School, VGIK, Chicago University, etc.).

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago