God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
Croatian programme - Minority co-production
In Štip, a small town in Macedonia, every January the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it. This time, Petrunija, a girl living with her parents and going nowhere, dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others. Her competitors are furious - how dare a woman take part in their ritual? All hell breaks loose, but Petrunija holds her ground.
Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia | 2019 | 100’
drama | CROATIAN PREMIERE
Original title : Gospod postoi, imeto i’ e Petrunija
DIRECTOR Teona Strugar Mitevska | SCREENPLAY Elma Tataragić, Teona Strugar Mitevska | CINEMATOGRAPHY Virginie Saint Martin | EDITOR Marie-Hélène Dozo | PRODUCTION DESIGN Vuk Mitevski | COSTUME DESIGN Monika Lorber | SOUND Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder | SCORE Olivier Samouillan | MAKE UP Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska | ACTORS Zorica Nuševa, Simeon Moni Damevski, Violeta Shapkovska, Andrijana Kolevska, Suad Begovski, Stefan Vujisic, Xhevdet Jasari | PRODUCER Labina Mitevska | COMPANY Sisters and Brother Mitevski | COPRODUCERS Zdenka Gold, Sebastien Delloye, Danijel Hocevar, Marie Dubas, Elie Meirovitz | COPRODUCED BY Spiritus movens, Hrvatska, Entre Chien et Loup, Belgija; Vertigo, Slovenija; Deuxième Ligne Films, Francuska; EZ Films, Francuska | SALES AGENT Pyramide International
FESTIVALS Berlin International Film Festival 2019 - competition - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; Guild Film Award, goEast Festival of Central and Eastern European Film 2019; Crossing Europe International Film Festival, 2019
Teona Strugar Mitevska (Skopje, 1974) finished the Master of Film Arts programme at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in New York in 2001. Her debut short film, Veta, has received the Special Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, and her first feature film, How I Killed a Saint has been screened at more than 50 festivals and has won a range of awards worldwide. Her second feature film, I am from Titov Veles has been screened at over 80 festivals across the world and has won more than 20 awards, including the Special Jury Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival. The film When the Day Had no Name premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section. She runs the Sisters and Brothers Mitevski production company with her siblings Vuk and Labina.