Ljupcho Temelkovski, born in 1942 in Skopje, Macedonia, is a renowned film director and producer. He studied at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade from 1960 to 1964, and then moved to the United States to continue his studies at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
Temelkovski directed and produced several feature films, television shows, and documentaries throughout his career. His feature films include the critically acclaimed “The Terror of the Balkans” (1987), “The Son of the King” (1990), “A Piece of Heaven” (1995), and “The Gloomy Life” (1999). “The Terror of the Balkans” was the first feature film to be shot in the Republic of Macedonia and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988.
Temelkovski also directed a number of television series, such as “The War” (1996), which was nominated for an International Emmy Award in 1997, and “The Crossroads” (1997). His documentaries include “The Valley of the Shadow” (2000) and “The Sea of the Unseen” (2002).
Temelkovski’s work has earned him numerous awards and recognition. He was awarded the Golden Lion award for best director at the Venice Film Festival in 1998 for his feature “The Gloomy Life”, and in 2000 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival. He was also awarded the Macedonian National Film Award for his body of work in 2004.
Ljupcho Temelkovski has been credited with revitalizing the Macedonian film industry and inspiring a generation of filmmakers. He is passionate about making films that tell stories about his homeland and its people, and he continues to be an important figure in the world of cinema.