God exists, her name is Petrunya

Synopsis

In Stip, a small town in Macedonia, every January the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it.

This time, Petrunija dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others.

Her competitors are furious – how dare a woman take part in their ritual? All hell breaks loose, but Petrunija holds her ground. She won her cross and will not give it up.

director's statement

This is a simple, almost comical story that accentuates the absurdities of the world we live in. It is a story of a woman and her place in society, in a country very few take interests in, a country that has not much to offer except its imperfections.
This is a story of a woman and her place within her religion.What a true justice means within a society, is equality between men and women it’s final goal or is true justice a question of the individual’s sense of it, and doesn’t it changes from culture to culture, continent to continent?
To decode the human behavior and present it in all its complexity and vulgarity is beautiful to me. To be able to deliver the intricacy of Petrunija’s predicament through a very simple dramatic structure and minimal means is a challenge, to say the essential and not one thing more is where the beauty of the project lays.
Just as pure the character of Petrunija is, so the form will be.

Crew

director and screenwriter
screenwriter
director of photography
producer
production designer
costume designer
make up artist
editor
sound designer
production manager
Elena Stanisheva
Script supervisor

Actors

Petrunija
Slavica
Milan
Simeon Moni Damevski
duhovnik
Suad Begovski
mama Vaska
Violeta Shapkovska
oče
Petar Mircevski
Blagica
Andrijana Kolevska
Film format 
35 mm + Alexa mini 
Video format 
DCP 
Lenght 24fps 
100' 
Length 25fps 
 
Sound 
5.1 theatrical 
aspect ratio 
2,35:1 
color 
in color 
language 
makedonski 
translation 
english 
 
 

produced by

Sisters and Brother Mitevski

F. Ruzvelt 4-38
1000 Skopje
R. Makedonija / Republic of Macedonia

tel/fax: +389 2 3 064455
info@sistersandbrothermitevski.com


co-produced by

Vertigo

Kersnikova 4, SI - 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Tel.: +386 1 439 7080
Fax: + 386 1 430 3530
E-mail: info@vertigo.si


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