God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
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.