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I AM FROM TITOV VELES (Jas Sum Od Titov Veles)

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I AM FROM TITOV VELES (Jas Sum Od Titov Veles)

Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska
Macedonia   |   2007   |   102 minutes
Macedonian, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Macedonia’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards

Synopsis Set in the quaint but scarred town of Veles, three sisters long to escape the suffocating environment of their dying community. Burdened by memories of their late father, each chooses a different path: Sapho struggles to secure a visa to Greece, Slavica desperately searches for a rich husband, and Afrodita harbors hopes for love and children. In this contemporary story of urban decay, director Teona Strugar Mitevska blends stark realism with memorable performances to create a vivid landscape of life and longing in post-communist Macedonia.

About the Director Teona Strugar Mitevska was born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1974. As a child she acted in television, commercials, theater and radio dramas; she later trained as a painter and obtained her BA in Graphic Design. In 1998, she enrolled in the MFA film program at New York University's Tisch School of Arts. Her first feature film, How I Killed A Saint, screened successfully at festivals around the world. I Am From Titov Veles is her second feature film.

Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.



Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.



CAST

Afrodita - Labina Mitevska
Sapho - Ana Kostovska
Slavika - Nikolina Kujaca
Aco - Xhevdet Jashari
Victor - Peter Musevski

CREW

Director - Teona Strugar Mitevska
Writer - Teona Strugar Mitevska
Producer - Labina Mitevska
Cinematographer - Virginie Saint Martin
Editor - Jacques Witta
Sound - Dana Farzanehpour, Fred Meert, Thomas Gauder
Music - Oliver Samouillan

REVIEWS

“Blending stark realism with a dreamlike world of premonition and fantasy, Mitevska's elegiac, subtly Chekhovian film is a haunting portrait of modern life in the Balkans.” –Museum of Modern Art

“Surreal and fascinating.” –Variety

“A film about emerging from the dust and decay of a dysfunctional system and starting completely anew. There is a sense of hope and even certainty that once free of this old system, life will thrive.” –The Epoch Times

“Intimate and dreamlike” –Cineuropa

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

2008
Official Macedonian Submission, Best Foreign Language Film, THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES
Acid Selection, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, XXIX MOSTA DE VALENCIA
Grand Prix; Best Director, ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Silver Angel Ester Panorama, ARTFILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Cinematography, B-EST FILM FESTIVAL
Special Jury Award, CINEMA JOVE FILM FESTIVAL
Golden Mimoza; Special Award for the Producer, HERCEG NOVI FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Special Jury Award; Best European Actor, LECCE FILM FESTIVAL OF EUROPEAN FILM
Silver Camera 300, MANAKI FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Opening Night, NEW YORK MACEDONIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Best Cinematography, RUSSIA TOMORROW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BANJA LUKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BELGRADE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CROSSING EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL
ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LA ROCHELLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2007
Discovery Section, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Special Jury Award, SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL
BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL
CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIAL

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