A sharp Macedonia-set satire about power, change and a woman’s place in a patriarchal world.

Sarah Ward, Screen International

Cast & Credits

Rating: NR
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Teona Strugar Mitevska
Written By: Teona Strugar Mitevska, Elma Tataragic
To Be Released: 2020
Runtime: 100 minutes
Cast: Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Simeon Moni Damevski, Suad Begovski, Violeta Shapkovska, Stefan Vujisic, Xhevdet Jasari, Andrijana Kolevska


In Stip, a small town in Macedonia, every January the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it. This time, 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.