37° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL
FESTA MOBILE/TEONA STRUGAR MITEVSKA

THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS

THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS
by Teona Strugar Mitevska
Country: Macedonia, Germany, Slovene, Belgium
Year: 2012
Duration: 103'


Helena lives in Paris and, after a tragic lost of her child, her world is turned upside down as her struggle for survival transforms into a hunt for revenge. Ajsun lives with her father and her son Ilkin in the high mountains of Macedonia. Life has a different pace and purpose there, the daily survival is what drives them all. This is a story of two very different mothers: one that needs to punish in order to get by and the other that is forced to accept daily punishment in order to exist.

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/filmography
Veta (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

“The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears is a film in search of humanity. The story told is of people out of place, individuals who defy their society’s chains in the attempt to free themselves. […] More than in any of my previous films I use dialogue, the characters of this story not only act but voice their opinions, they speak in most direct manner. There are no dreams or illusion; all is out in the open. The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears is in search of the spaces between the said. Grasping for silence is my second theme. I will attempt to develop further the correlation between dialogue and visuals and the inevitable symbiosis they create.”

Cast

& Credits

teona strugar mitevska
THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS
Macedonia-Germania-Slovenia-Belgio/Macedonia-Germany-Slovenia-Belgium, 2012, 103’, col.

the woman who brushed off her tears

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Teona Strugar Mitevska
fotografia/cinematography
Mátiás Erdély
montaggio/film editing
Nicholas Gaster
scenografia/production design
Vuk Mitevski
costumi/costume design
Monika Lorber
suono/sound
Paul Heymans, Fred Meert
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Victoria Abril (Helena), Labina Mitevska (Ajsun), Jean Marie Galey (Emil), Arben Bajraktaraj (Lucien), Firdaus Nebi (Ismail), Dimitar Gjorgjievski (Noah)
produttore/producer
Labina Mitevska
produzione/production
Sisters and Brother Mitevski
coproduzione/coproduction
Ostlicht filmproduktion, Entre Chien et Loup, Vertigo Film, Luminary Media

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