'Tell them you're 24', advises Petrunya's mother as her daughter heads off to another interview. But Petrunya is 31; moreover, she has studied history, a subject that no one in Macedonia seems to need. So there she sits in front of her potential employer, a factory owner, who looks down on her floral dress and refuses to take her seriously. On her way home – naturally, she did not get the job – 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. 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 delivers an angry yet melancholic satire that questions the status of democratic change in Macedonian society and passes scathing judgement on representatives of the church, the judiciary and the media. The film's sympathies are all with the determined woman who asserts herself against archaic traditions and paralysing opportunism.
Nazione: Macedonia - 2019
Produzione: Sister and Brother Mitevski, Entre Chien et Loup, Vertigo, Spiritus Movens, Deuxieme Ligne Films
Presentato il 10 Febbraio 2019 al Berlin International Film Festival.
Titoli alternativi: God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija [Globale], Dieu existe, son nom est Petrunya [Francia], Bog ostaja, ime ji je Petrunija [Slovenia]
Cast e personaggiRegia: Teona Strugar Mitevska
Sceneggiatura: Elma Tataragic, Teona Strugar Mitevska
Fotografia: Virginie Saint-Martin
Scenografia: Vuk Mitevski
Montaggio: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Costumi: Monika Lorber
Sébastien Delloye (Produttore), Marie Dubas (Produttore), Zdenka Gold (Produttore), Danijel Hocevar (Produttore), Elie Meirovitz (Produttore), Labina Mitevska (Produttore)