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God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (2019)

Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija (original title)
A North Macedonian woman throws herself into a traditionally men-only ceremony, kicking up a ruckus and standing her ground.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zorica Nusheva Zorica Nusheva ... Petrunija
Labina Mitevska ... Journalist Slavica
Stefan Vujisic Stefan Vujisic ... Younger Officer Darko
Suad Begovski Suad Begovski ... The Priest
Simeon Moni Damevski Simeon Moni Damevski ... Chief Inspector Milan
Violeta Sapkovska Violeta Sapkovska ... Vaska
Petar Mircevski Petar Mircevski ... Stoyan
Andrijana Kolevska Andrijana Kolevska ... Blagica
Nikola Kumev Nikola Kumev ... Older Officer Vasko
Bajrush Mjaku Bajrush Mjaku ... The Prosecutor
Xhevdet Jashari Xhevdet Jashari ... TV Cameraman Boykan
Vladimir Tuliev Vladimir Tuliev ... Bartender Stefan
Ilija Volcheski Ilija Volcheski ... Angry Man#1
Igor Todorov Igor Todorov ... Angry Man#2
Nenad Angelkovic Nenad Angelkovic ... Angry Man#3
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Every January in a small town in North Macedonia, the high priest throws a cross into the local waters, while dozens of men charge for it. The one who finds the cross is believed to gain overall good fortune and prosperity. An unemployed single young woman Petrunija jumps into the water and catches the cross. In this conservative setting, her competitors feel they have every right to be furious: a woman dared to compete and achieve what they failed to succeed in. Petrunija insists that she is the winner and refuses to return the cross.

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Language:

Macedonian

Release Date:

1 May 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gott existiert, ihr Name ist Petrunya See more »

Filming Locations:

Shtip, Macedonia See more »

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$84,293
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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A feminine vision of an archaic masculine world

In the Orthodox religion, the feast of Epiphany is celebrated with a race to the holy cross that a priest launches into a river. The men jump into the icy water to catch the cross, which is supposed to bring good fortune for the whole year to the winner. Thus, in Macedonia, in a village eternally cemented in the darkness of the middle ages, an almost insignificant event is going to take on excessive proportions when a woman participates to this religious ceremony ... and wins. For native males, it's an outrageous theft. For a female journalist, it's a courageous act of social rebellion and feminine emancipation. The event taking on an enormous scale, the local police must intervene. This is the beginning of a downward spiral based on conformity, tradition, archaism, distressing methods of intimidation as well as ridiculous guilt-inducing monologues. As depressing as it may seem, this movie is based on an excellent quartet 'cast + photography + script + dialog'. A delightful surprise from Macedonia.


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