Manchevski shoots film in native Macedonia

SKOPJE, May 23, 2000 -- (AFP) Director Milcho Manchevski began filming parts of his newest film, "Dust," in his native Macedonia on Monday.

The Macedonian-American director said the location shooting of "Dust", starring David Wenham, Adrian Lester Anne Brochet and Joe Fiennes, was scheduled to last 42 days.

The film, written and directed by Manchevski, started principal photography in New York in early April and will move from Macedonia to studios in Cologne, Germany before its scheduled release at Cannes, France, in May 2001.

Manchevski told AFP the film was a tale of love and revenge that moves through space and time, "from contemporary New York to the Ottoman empire in Macedonia at the turn of the century."

The budget for the film was 20 million marks (10 million dollars/nine million euros), he said.

Manchevski's earlier "Before the Rain" won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1995 and was nominated for best foreign film at the Academy Awards the same year.

Fiennes is best known for his role in the Oscar-winning Sheakespeare in Love and just completed a role in Jean Jacques Annauds' epic account of the Battle of Stalingrad -- Enemy at the Gate.

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