37° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL
FESTA MOBILE/TEONA STRUGAR MITEVSKA

JAS SUM OD TITOV VELES

I AM FROM TITOV VELES
by Teona Strugar Mitevska
Country: Macedonia, Belgium, France, Slovene
Year: 2007
Duration: 102'


In Veles, a semi-rural village in Macedonia, life revolves around the town’s only factory, which poisons and kills the inhabitants. Three sisters hope every day to leave the village, to search for a different life.

Biography

film director

Teona Strugar Mitevska

Teona Strugar Mitevska (Skopje, North Macedonia, 1974) was born into an artistic family. She started as a child actor, trained as a painter and graphic designer and later studied at the Tisch School of Arts. She made her first short, Veta, in 2001; her first feature was How I Killed a Saint (2004), made under the auspices of the Sisters and Brother Mitevski, a company she established with her brother and her sister. Her next feature film, I Am from Titov Veles (2007), received a Special Jury Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Her film The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears premiered at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and in 2013 she directed the film Teresa and I, a documentary about Mother Teresa. Her feature film When the Day Had No Name (2017), premiered in the Panorama Special section of the 2017 Berlin IFF.

FILMOGRAFIA

filmografia/filmographyVeta (cm, 2002), Kako ubiv svetec (How I Killed a Saint, 2004), Jas sum od Titov Veles (I am From Titov Veles, 2007), The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears (2012), Teresa and I (doc., 2015), When the Day Had No Name (2017), Gospod postoi, imeto I’ e Petrunija (Dio è donna e si chiama Petrunya, 2019).

Declaration

film director

“My first film, Veta is about chaos, my second film How I Killed a Saint is about confusion, I Am from Titov Veles is about the end of a nation. Identity is no longer connected to a birthplace or origin, people search inside themselves for definition. The film prepares you for a new beginning, a renaissance that can start precisely here in the Balkans, a movement that will focus on our future rather than our past, as it has been so far. I turn to beauty, harmony and balance in the environment that surrounds us, and it is through beauty and simplicity that I have chosen to tell my story. Form and style are determined by the context of the film, an idea which deeply connects with my personal vision as an artist.”

Cast

& Credits

teona strugar mitevska
JAS SUM OD TITOV VELES
Macedonia-Belgio-Francia-Slovenia/Macedonia-Belgium-France-Slovenia, 2007, 35mm, 102’, col.

i am from titov veles

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Teona Strugar Mitevska
fotografia/cinematography
Virginie Saint-Martin
montaggio/film editing
Jacques Witta
scenografia/production design
Olivier Meidinger, Vuk Mitevski
costumi/costume design
Monika Lorber
musica/music
Olivier Samouillan
suono/sound
Frédéric Meert
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Labina Mitevska (Afrodita), Ana Kostovska (Slavica), Nikolina Kujaca (Sapho), Xhevdet Jashari (Aco), Peter Musesvski (Viktor), Jovica Mihajlovski (il dottore/doctor), Mitko Apostolovski (il barbiere/barber)
produttore/producer
Labina Mitevska
produzione/production
Sisters and Brother Mitevski
coproduzione/coproduction
Vertigo Film, Silkroad Productions

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contatti/contacts
Sisters and Brother Mitevski
info@sistersandbrothermitevski.com
www.sistersandbrothermitevski.com
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