had to mention this movie:
Pred Dozdot (Before the Rain) is a stunning masterpiece from Macedonian Writer/Director Milcho Manchevski. Winner of 1994 Venice Film Festival, Golden Lion. It is a collaboration between French, English and Macedonian actors.
I stole this bit as I think it is a perfect brief summary:
"GREAT AND TIMELY FILM.
A timely film about the troubled balkan region, specifically Macedonia, told from three different perspectives. It jumps about chronologically so you must pay attention, but a very stirring portrayal of how life in Macedonia deteriorated when a man returns to the village of his youth."
If you want to see a film that is the least unpredictable and want to witness the beautiful and distinct landscape of this country and their people, this film is a gem. It will satisfy even the toughest critic.
It's the only Macedonian movie that has had such a huge recognition (EVER), and I'd love to hear what other people (that have seen it) think.
Not many people have heard of it, weird for a film that has won an award in Venice.