God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya

Directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska
100 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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In this award-winning feminist satire, based on true events, Petrunya causes fury in her small Macedonian town when she participates in a men-only contest and wins.

Petrunya –brilliantly played by Zorica Nusheva – struggles to find a job even though she has a history degree, and is tired of the sexist humiliations she has to endure trying to get one. On the way home from a particularly galling interview, she happens upon an old ritual. Every January the local priest throws an ornate wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it. Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others. Her competitors are furious – how dare a woman take part in their ritual? All hell breaks loose, but Petrunya holds her ground. She won her cross and will not give it up. What follows is a strident, and frequently hilarious, skewering of the prejudices and hypocrisies of the police, the church, the media and even Petrunya's own family. Mitevska modulates the anger at the injustice with humour and even a hint of romance, but the focus, rightly, is very much on Petrunya's uncompromising stand.

Special Guest

Teona Strugar Mitevska
Director, Screenwriter
Teona Strugar Mitevska was born in 1974 in Skopje, Macedonia. Her films include How I Killed a Saint, I Am From Titov Veles, The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears and When the Day Had No Name (SFF 2017), all of which have played at a number of festivals around the world including Rotterdam, Berlin and Toronto. God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya premiered in the 2019 Berlin Competition.


Thu 13 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Fri 14 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Official Competition, Festival Hits, Festival Guests
Original Title
Gospod Postoi, Imeto i’ e Petrunija
Unclassified 15+
North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, France, Croatia
In Macedonian with English subtitles
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Labina Mitevska, Sebastien Delloye, Danijel Hocevar, Zdenka Gold, Marie Dubas, Elie Meirovitz
Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Simeon Moni Damevski
Elma Tataragic, Teona Strugar Mitevska
Virginie Saint Martin
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Politics & Economics, Comedy, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
Distributor: Palace Films
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