Teona Strugar Mitevska
Teona Strugar Mitevska was born in 1974 in an artistic family in Skopje, Macedonia. She started as a child actor, trained as a painter and a graphic designer and later studied at M.F.A program in film at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University. She made her debut as short film director in 2001 with Veta (Special Jury Prize at Berlin Film Festival 2002). How I Killed a Saint (Rotterdam Film Festival, Tiger Awards 2004) is her first feature made under the auspices of SISTERS AND BROTHER MITEVSKI, a company she established together with her brother Vuk and sister Labina. I am From Titov Veles premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film festival (Discovery Section), and was shown in Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Panorama) and Cannes film festival (ACID). The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears premiered at 2012 Berlin Film (Panorama Special) and in 2014 she shot and edited Teresa and I, a feature documentary on Mother Teresa, told through the perspective of a contemporary woman of today, myself. In 2016, When The Day Had No Name, premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival (Panorama Special). The film tells a story of Macedonian Youth and their inability to define themselves other than “Macho“ men. God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya shot in January 2018, premiered in competition in Berlin Film Festival 2019 where it was awarded the Ecumenical Prize, as well at the German Guild Film Prize. Until today the film has received more than 20 awards all around the world and it is this year finalist to the European Parlament’s LUX Prize. The film was sold for theatrical release to over 40 territories world-wide.
Since its founding, SISTERS AND BROTHER MITEVSKI, have co-produced The Wild Pear Tree by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Nightlife and Half-sister by Damjan Kozole and Sierranevada by Christi Puiu. In 2018, France’s Ministry of Culture awarded her the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters. Teona Strugar Mitevska lives between Skopje and Brussels with her son Kaeliok.