God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya
/ Macedonia/ 2019/ 100 min/ drama/18+
A film by Teona Strugar Mitevska
"Золотой медведь" 69-го Берлинского кинофестиваля, 2019 год
Petrunya is 32. She has studied history, a subject that no one in Macedonia seems to need. Petrunya’s mother wants Petrunya to get a job and has arranged for an interview for the post of secretary at a clothing factory. But, her potential employer thinks she’s too old… and not charming enough. On her way home, Petrunya decides to take the plunge. It is Epiphany and, like every year, the young men of the city are diving for the holy cross that the priest has thrown into the icy river. The one who finds the cross is believed to gain overall good fortune and prosperity, exactly what Petrunya needs. This time, she is quicker than everyone else and ends up holding the trophy aloft. The community, including church, feel they have every right to be furious: a woman dared to compete and win in what has been a purely male competition. Even police were informed. For one whole day and one night, Petrunya will defend the cross. She’s not going to give away what she has earned through a fair competition.
The showing will be followed by meet-the-artist session: production designer
Vuk Mitevski, Teona Mitevska’s brother
Тeona Strugar Mitevska
Macedonian film director, screen writer and producer. Teona studied film at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York (2001). Her short film Veta screened at International Berlin FF. Teona’s first feature, How I Killed a Saint, came out in 2004 and shows a family that went through the drama of a civil war. Her 2008 feature film I Am from Titov Veles screened at over 80 festivals worldwide and won over 20 awards. The 2012 drama The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears, was followed by When the Day Had no Name (2017) and God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (2019), the latter with Teona’s sister Labina Mitevska as lead actress.
Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Stefan Vujisic, Suad Begovski, Simeon Moni Damevski, Violeta Sapkovska, Petar Mircevski, Andrijana Kolevska, Nikola Kumev, Bajrush Mjaku
Director: Тeona Strugar Mitevska
Screenplay: Тeona Strugar Mitevska, Elma Tataragic
Co-producers: Sebastien Delloye, Danijel Hocevar, Zdenka Gold
Director of Photography: Virginie Saint Martin
Production Design: Vuk Mitevski, Zeljka Buric, Monika Lorber
Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo