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Panorama Special

When the Day Had no Name


Teona Strugar Mitevska (Screenwriter), Ivan Vrtev Soptrajanov, Leon Ristov, Hanis Bagashov (Actors), Labina Mitevska (Producer, Actress), Teona Strugar Mitevska (Director, Screenwriter)
Moderation: Andreas Struck

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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.

Teona Strugar Mitevska

Macedonia / Belgium / Slovenia 2017


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)


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


Teona Strugar Mitevska

Born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1974, she now lives there and in Brussels. She had her first experience in film as a child actor and later took a degree in graphic design and studied film at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Her short film Veta screened in the Panorama, she returned to the Berlinale once again with her feature film Jas sum od Titov Veles (I am from Titov Veles) which was screened at over 80 festivals around the world and won more than 20 awards, and The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears.


1999 Why is Betty Boop Angry; short film 2000 Amer in Amerika; short film 2001 Veta; short film, IFB Panorama 2004 How I Killed a Saint 2008 I Am from Titov Veles; IFB Panorama 2012 Alerik · The Woman Who Brushed off Her Tears; IFB Panorama 2017 When the Day Had no Name

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

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Sisters and Brother Mitevski

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