God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya


2019, Macedonia, Belgium, France, Croatia, Slovenia, 100 min., Color, +
Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska
Writer: Teona Strugar Mitevskaб Elma Tataragic
Сinematography: Virginie Saint-Martin
Editor: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Original music: Olivier Samouillan
Production Designer: Vuk Mitevski
Producer: Labina Mitevska
Production company: Entre Chien et Loup, Vertigo, Spiritus Movens Production, Deuxième Ligne Films, Paris EZ Films
Cast: Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Stefan Vujisic, Suad Begovski,Simeon Moni Damevski, Violeta Sapkovska and others

• Berlin International Film Festival 2019 (Winner-Guild Film Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Nominee Golden Berlin Bear);
• Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 (Nominee - Audience Award);
• Yerevan International Film Festival 2019 (Nominee - Golden Apricot);
and others

On her way home from an unsuccessfull job interview unemployed  31-year old Petrunya suddenly 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. This time, Petrunya is quicker than everyone else and ends up holding the trophy aloft for the TV cameras. For one whole day and one night, she will defend the cross, accompanied by much public commotion and against the closed ranks of the male world.

Teona Strugar Mitevska was born in 1974 in an artistic family in Skopje, Macedonia. She started as a child actor, trained as a painter and a graphic designer and later studied at M.F.A program in film at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University. She made her debut as short film director in 2001 with “Veta” (Special Jury Prize Berlin Film Festival 2002). “How I Killed a Saint” (Rotterdam Film Festival, Tiger Awards 2004) is her first feature made under the auspices of SISTERS AND BROTHER MITEVSKI, a company she established together with her brother Vuk and sister Labina.
Teona Strugar Mitevska lives in Brussels with her son Kaeliok.

Selected Filmography
2007 I am From Titov Veles
2012 The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears
2017 When the Day Had No Name
2019 God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija