When the Day Had no Name

In April 2012 the bodies of several Macedonian teenagers were found near a lake outside Skopje. Theirs is a story of a lost generation damaged by the social upheaval of the Balkans. Milan, Petar, Cvetan, Rape, Ace and Vladan are all teenagers just like any others. Their lives are characterised by dysfunctional families, money worries and their hopes for a better future. They decide to go on a fishing expedition. During the next 24 hours together, they get to know each other better and begin to let their masks drop. They toy with each other’s emotions, dance about to old pop songs, clash with some Albanians, put their sexual magnetism to the test – and search for a way to vent their lust for life in a frustrating society. Teona Strugar Mitevska has repeatedly taken part in the Panorama. Based on a true, as yet unsolved occurrence, her film provides a sensitive insight into the lives of a young generation that encapsulates the dynamics of a multi-ethnic country with a faltering economy. Cinematographer Agnès Godard’s captivatingly atmospheric images mirror the characters’ lack of orientation – in the trash and kitsch of annihilated values.
by Teona Strugar Mitevska
with Leon Ristov, Hanis Bagashov, Stefan Kitanovic, Dragan Mishevski, Ivan Vrtev Soptrajanov, Igorco Postolov, Perunika Kiselički, Ines Hodic, Erina Poplavska, Labina Mitevska
Macedonia / Belgium / Slovenia 2017 Macedonian 84’ Colour


  • Leon Ristov (Milan)
  • Hanis Bagashov (Petar)
  • Stefan Kitanovic (Ace)
  • Dragan Mishevski (Vladan)
  • Ivan Vrtev Soptrajanov (Rape)
  • Igorco Postolov (Cvetan)
  • Perunika Kiselički (Miliana)
  • Ines Hodic (Renata)
  • Erina Poplavska (Maja)
  • Labina Mitevska (Milan's stepmother)


Director Teona Strugar Mitevska
Screenplay Teona Strugar Mitevska, Elma Tataragić
Cinematography Agnès Godard afc
Editing Stefan Stanbenow, Sophie Vercruysse
Music Jean Paul Dessy
Sound Design Ingrid Simon
Sound Thomas Gauder, Paul Heymans
Production Design Vuk Mitevski
Costumes Monika Lorber
Make-Up Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska
Casting Kirjana Nikoloska
Assistant Director Jane Kortoshev
Production Manager Viktor Pavlovski
Producer Labina Mitevska
Co-Producers Sébastien Delloye, Diana Elbaum, François Touwaide, Daniel Hočevar
Co-Production Entre Chien et Loup Brüssel
Vertigo Ljubljana

Produced by

Sisters and Brother Mitevski

Teona Strugar Mitevska

Born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1974, she now lives there and in Brussels. Her first brush with film was as a child actor. She has a degree in graphic design and studied film at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Her short film Veta screened in Panorama. Her feature film Jas sum od Titov Veles, which screened at over 80 festivals worldwide and won over 20 awards, as well as The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears and, most recently, When the Day Had no Name have all screened at the Berlinale. She runs the Sisters and Brother Mitevski production company with her siblings Vuk and Labina.


1999 Why is Betty Boop Angry; short film 2000 Amer in Amerika; short film 2001 Veta; short film 2004 How I Killed a Saint 2008 Jas sum od Titov Veles (I Am from Titov Veles) 2012 Alerik · The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears 2017 When the Day Had no Name 2019 Gospod postoi, imeto i’ e Petrunija (God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019