37° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL
FESTA MOBILE/TEONA STRUGAR MITEVSKA

KAKO UBIV SVETEC

HOW I KILLED A SAINT
by Teona Strugar Mitevska
Country: France, Macedonia, Slovene
Year: 2004
Duration: 82'


How I killed a Saint takes place in early 2001. Viola returns from the United States to Skopje, Macedonia, to discover that tension has reached a high point and armed conflict has started between the Macedonian army and the newly organized NLA.

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

“There is nothing more devastating than returning home, to the place you have grown up, and finding war and destruction. What does it mean to find your childhood place in shambles and what does it mean to feel like a foreigner in the place you were born? Terrorists, war, guns and politics, humanitarian organizations, religious parties, NATO, UN, the international media – everyone has arrived to offer help. And then what? How I killed a Saint is a story about people and destinies. The backdrop is the political and social state of Macedonia during the 2001 conflict. The film does not try to give answers or take sides. It deals with the human factor caught up in the midst of the threat of war.”

Cast

& Credits

teona strugar mitevska
KAKO UBIV SVETEC
Francia-Macedonia-Slovenia/France-Macedonia-Slovenia, 2004, 35mm, 82’, col.

how i killed a saint

regia/director
Teona Strugar Mitevska
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Teona Strugar Mitevska, Matthew Bardin
fotografia/cinematography
Alain Marcoen
montaggio/film editing
Nicholas Gaster, Rohan Sen
scenografia/production design
Kiril Spaseski
costumi/costume design
Blagoja Micevski
musica/music
Olivier Samouillan, Project Zlust
suono/sound
Boris Romih
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Labina Mitevska (Viola), Milan Tocinovski (Kokan), Xhevdet Jasari (Nadir), Lea Lipsa (Ana), Silvija Stojanovska (Stonja), Riste Stafanovski (Dedo Kole), Petar Mircevski (Mihajlovic), Toni Mihajlovski (Teodor)
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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