Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears, The – dir. Teona Strugar Mitevska, 2012 – PREMIERE

date: 30/07/2012 time: 19.00 place: PGE Cinema film program: world under canvas film program: the audience poll artistic program: films

MK, DE, SI, BE | 2012 | 103 min
reż|dir Teona Strugar Mitevska prod|pro Sébastien Delloye, Diana Elbaum, Marcel Lenz, Labina Mitevska scen|wr Teona Strugar Mitevska zdj|ph Mátyás Erdély mon|ed Nicolas Gaster ob|cast Victoria Abril, Labina Mitevska, Jean-Marie Galey, Arben Bajraktaraj dys|dis Urban Distribution


In Paris Helena witnesses her son’s suicide. Noah discloses the terrible truth on his father’s abuses but Helena refuses to believe him. The son throws himself off the balcony into the darkness of the night. Since then Helena’s life changes radically and struggling for survival becomes seeking revenge.
Asjun is a dreamer who lives with her father and her son Ilkin. In high mountains of Macedonia life is harsh and simple. It has a different rhythm, striving to survive another day is the main goal of the family. Asjun wants to reunite with her son’s father.

This is a story of two different mothers. One who must punish to live and the other who must bear everyday punishment. The women carry an internal rebellion within. One of them needs to show it and the other fights with tradition, patriarchate and religious restrictions to be with a man she loves. Paths of the mothers will cross rather unexpectedly.

Teona Strugar Mitevska (1974)
A Macedonian director. Born in a family of artists, she performed as an actress between the age 6 and 12. Afterwards she took up painting and studied for a Bachelor degree in graphics and design. For many years she made films for international companies. In 1998 she was admitted into MFA film programme at Tisch School of Arts in New York. For her short film debut “Veta” (2001) she was granted Special Award of the Jury at Berlin Festival.