De Balie x ENFF: The Happiest Man in the World

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Teona Strugar Mitevska
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North Macedonia, Denmark, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
Asja, a 40-year-old single woman, lives in Sarajevo. To meet new people, she ends up spending her Saturday at an awkward speed dating event, where she meets Zoran, a 43-year-old banker. The two seem to be a perfect match until she finds out they were once on opposite sides of the battlefield.

Now, they both must relive the pain in their search for forgiveness. Based on a true incident that happened to the co-writer of the film, it is a compelling take on a city still processing the effects of war and the possibility of moving on.

After the film we welcome the director Teona Strugar Mitevska on the stage to open the conversation about her inspirations, ideas and the creative process behind this film.

The audience will also be invited after the programme to join us for the traditionally lively and pleasant ‘borrel’ of the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival.

About the speakers

Teona Strugar Mitevska was born in Skopje, North Macedonia. She started as a child actor, trained as a painter and a graphic designer and later studied at M.F.A program in film at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University. She directed 6 feature fiction films which screened at major film festivals. God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija premiered in competition in Berlinale 2019, where it won the prize of the Ecumenical jury.

With her siblings, she runs the Sisters and Brother Mitevski production company, which co-produced major arthouse films, such as The Wild Pear Tree by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Sierranevada by Christi Puiu. In 2018, France’s Ministry of Culture awarded her the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.