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Director:  Teona Strugar Mitevska
Balkan Films Showcase
A Wonderful Night in Split
Beneath Her Window
Dear Enemy
How I Killed a Saint
Perfect Circle
The Pharaoh
Waiting for the Clouds
When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Kangaroo

, 2004, 82 min, color

A young woman returns from America, the land of jobs, money and peace, to a world a million miles away: a Macedonia torn apart by internal conflicts. Returning to her family she discovers that her beloved younger brother Kokan has grown up to be a NATO-hating, confident, nationalist “freedom fighter” and runner for black marketeers, dreaming of “killing a saint.” The film tells their interwoven story, as he leads her into danger across the border carrying illicit goods and she reveals she is searching for her three-year old daughter (until then a secret to him).

In her debut feature, Mitevska creates a totally convincing presentation of a country in conflict with itself, of people in a state of continuing uncertainty, plagued by outbreaks of violence, in constant tension and stress. Kokan’s youthful arrogance and pride in his “terrorism” hides his real need for identity. His sister, Viola, is no less troubled, lost in America but finding herself now in a “home” that she no longer recognises. How I Killed a Saint is one of several new features from the Balkans that suggest that the urgent need to make films dealing with the terrible conflicts of our time may lead to the emergence of a new generation of talented filmmakers.

Macedonian director, born in Skopje, in 1974. She was a child actor in television and theatre. She later trained as a painter, finishing her BA in Graphic Design. She worked as an art director for the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. In 1998, she entered the MFA programme in film at the Tisch School of the Arts. She founded a production company with her brother and her sister, the famous actress Labina Mitevska. How I Killed a Saint is their first feature.
2001  Veta – short
2004  How I killed a Saint
2007  Jas sum od Titov Veles
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