Archive of films How I Killed a Saint / Kako ubiv svetec

Macedonia / Slovenia / France
2004, 82 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2004

Viola returns home after several years spent in the USA. Macedonia is still a troubled country. NATO forces are attempting to secure a fragile peace in a country plagued by violence and uncertainty. Her whole family has changed and Viola, the “American”, is their only hope.  In such a situation, Viola does not want to, nor cannot, acknowledge the real reason for her return…


Synopsis

Viola returns home after several years spent in the United States. NATO peace-keeping forces are stationed in Macedonia (2001), a country plagued by violence and uncertainty. Her brother Kokan is heavily under the influence of patriotic dreams and hopes, whose fulfilment borders on terrorism. Viola’s parents, whose only joy is their “American daughter”, close their eyes to their family woes, and her grandfather, a former revolutionary, spends his time in front of the television without really understanding the reports he is watching. In such a situation, Viola cannot acknowledge the real reason for her return... Teona Strugar Mitevska, director and co-screenwriter, says of her feature debut: “There is nothing worse than coming home to the place you grew up and finding it ravaged by war. Seeing your childhood world totally destroyed and feeling like a stranger in the place you were born...” How I Killed a Saint is an autobiographical story, a debut produced by the sibling company Sisters and Brother Mitevski. Sister Labina plays the role of Viola in Teona’s debut, and brother Vuk is currently planning his own project.

About the director

Teona Strugar Mitevska (b. 1974, Skopje, Macedonia) hails from an artistic family, performing in front of a camera while still a child. She later studied painting and took a B.A. in graphic design. It was her position as artistic director for various international advertising companies (such as Saatchi & Saatchi) which led her to film. In 1998 she attended the M.F.A. programme in film at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, where she proved to be an excellent student. Her short film Veta was also awarded at the Berlin Film Festival. Her sister Labina is an actress who has appeared on screen in the CR in the film Loners (in 2001 she was a member of the international jury at Karlovy Vary), and her brother Vuk is a sculptor and set designer. How I Killed a Saint (Kako ubiv svetec) is Teona’s first feature film.

Contacts

f for film
11 rue Riquier, 27 200, Vernon
France
Tel: +33 2 325 405 96
E-mail: sales@f-for-film.com
www: www.f-for-film.com

Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production
F.Ruzvelt 4-30, 1000, Skopje
Macao
Tel: +389 23 119 496
Fax: +389 23 119 496
E-mail: info@sistersandbrothermitevski.com
www: www.sistersandbrothermitevski.com

E-motion Film
Kersnikova 4, Sl - 1000, Ljubljana
Slovenia
Tel: +386 1 430 3531, 32
Fax: +386 1 430 3530
E-mail: danijel@emotionfilm.si
www: www.emotionfilm.si

Silkroad Production
8, rue Myrha, 75018, Paris
France
Tel: +33 1 534 141 61
Fax: +33 1 534 141 63
E-mail: info@silkroadproduction.com
www: www.silkroadproduction.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: East of the West - Competition
   
Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska
Screenplay: Matthew Bardin, Teona Strugar Mitevska
Dir. of Photography: Alain Marcoen
Music: Olivier Samouillan, Project Zlust
Editor: Nicolas Gaster, Rohan Sen
Producer: Labina Mitevska, Danijel Hočevar
Production: Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production, E-motion Film, Silkroad Production
Cast: Labina Mitevska, Milan Tocinovski-Sako, Silvija Stojanovska, Kiril Korunovski, Dzefdet Jasari, Lea Lipsa, Toni Mihajlovski
Contact: f for film, Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production, E-motion Film, Silkroad Production
   
www: www.sistersandbrothermitevski.com

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