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|Asian Spectrum: The Coming of Age in Asian Women Filmmaking (16)||Polemics: The Constellation of the Violence against Women (12)|
|Actress, Muse with a Movie Camera (7)||Queer Rainbow: Queer×Feminism (10)|
|Open Cinema (5)||Special Screening: Technology and Gender – Virtual Present, Actual Future (2)|
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Teona STRUGAR MITEVSKA
SynopsisThe Woman Who Brushed off Her Tears tells a story about the various types of imprisonment we create for ourselves or are forced into. Helena’s path is precisely traced; a path she is unable to change. Ajsun wants to live. Both aspire to be free. This is a story of two destinies coming into one, of two women coming into one, and of two worlds becoming one. Program Note
The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears by Teona STRUGAR MITEVSKA, a Macedonian woman director, showcases the birth of a new woman director. The film illustrates the life of a middle-class woman living in a French metropolis and the life of a tribeswoman living in the outskirts of Macedonia. Through this parallel form, the film keenly examines the lives of women living in disparate conditions. Helena’s life in Paris, France, begins to be tinged with revenge ever since she watchs her son commit suicide after confessing that he was abused by his father. Meanwhile, Ajsun, who lives in the mountainous region of Macedonia, endures severe patriarchal traditions in life.
The life of a woman living in a first world country, with the fading desires and empty relationships resulting from the comfort of an affluent life, and the life of a tribeswoman living in a fourth world, withstanding a ceaseless pileup duties and sacrifices, similarly appear as the point of oppression despite cultural, ideological, and environmental differences. The most charming aspect of this film lies in the latter part of the film, when it more or less turns into a cult film. At the point where the lives of these two women intersect, the film quickly gets rid of the two patriarchs and presents the audience with a moment of allegoric turnover. It is a moment that most effectively represents the politics of cinematic fantasy. [HONG So-in]
SynopsisThe Woman Who Brushed off Her Tears tells a story about the various types of imprisonment we create for ourselves or are forced into. Helena’s path is precisely traced; a path she is unable to change. Ajsun wants to live. Both aspire to be free. This is a story of two destinies coming into one, of two women coming into one, and of two worlds becoming one.
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Teona Strugar Mitevska was born in 1974 in an artistic family in Skopje, 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 made her debut as short film director in 2001 with Veta (Special Jury Prize Berlin Film Festival 2002). How I Killed a Saint (Rotterdam Film Festival, Tiger Awards 2004) is her first feature made under the auspices of SISTERS AND BROTHER MITEVSKI, a company she established together with her brother Vuk and sister Labina. I Am From Titov Veles, premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, and was shown in Berlin 2008 and Cannes. In 2016, God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija shot in January 2018, will be premiered in Competition in Berlin Film Festival 2019.