The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears

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Running Time:
102 min.
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Labina Mitevska
Nicolas Gaster
Screen Writer:
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Director of Photography:
Matyas Erdely
Principal Cast:
Victoria Abril, Labina Mitevska, Jean Marie Galey, Arben Bajraktaraj, Firdaus Nebi, Kaeliok Fonenimum Varka
Brief Synopsis:
In Paris, Helena witnesses her son's suicide. Noah confesses the horrible truth of his father's abuse, but Helena refuses to believe him. Her son falls over the balcony railing into the night. From this moment on, Helena's world is turns upside down as her struggle for survival transforms into a hunt for revenge. Ajsun is a dreamer who lives with her father and son Ilkin. In the high mountains of Macedonia, their existence is simple and harsh.Life has a different pace and purpose there, the daily survival is what drives them all. Ajsun dreams of reuniting with Lucien, the father of her son. This is a story of two very different mothers: one that needs to punish in order to get by and the other that is forced to accept daily punishment in order to exist. This is a story of inner rage and of suffering a silent violence and of one woman's need to externalize it in order to justify her own existence. The other woman has to fight against traditions, patriarchy, religious and ethnic barriers just to be with the man she loves and to reunite her family. These two women from different parts of the world will end up affecting each other's lives in the most unexpected ways. "The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears" tells a story about the various imprisonment we create for ourselves or are forced into. Helena's path is precisely traced, a path she is unable to change. Ajsun wants to live. Both aspire to be free. This is a story of two destinies coming into one, of two women coming into one, and of two worlds becoming one.


Golden Mimosa for Best Camera - Montenegro Film Festival, Herceg Novi, 2012


European Film Awards, Malta, 2012

Tuzla Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012

Trieste International Film Festival, Italy, 2012

Festival des Arcs, Belgium, 2012

Namur Film Festival, Belgium, 2012

Pristina Film Festival, Kosovo, 2012

Chennai International Film Festival, India, 2012

Panorama of European Cinema Festival, Greece, 2012

Muces Film Festival, Spain, 2012

Kolkata International Film Festival, India, 2012

Regiofun Film Festival, Poland, 2012

Macedonian Film Festival, Canada, 2012

Malaga Film Festival, Spain, 2012

International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, Turkey, 2012

Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland, 2012

Pusan International Film Festival, Korea, 2012

International Cinematographers' Film Festival "Manaki Brothers", Bitola, Macedonia, 2012

International Film Festival Espoo Cine, Finland, 2012

International Film Festival Cinema Jove, Valencia, Spain, 2012

Two Riversides International Film Festival, Poland, 2012

European Film Festival, Palic, Serbia 2012

Brasilia International Film Festival, Brazil, 2012

Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012

Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz, Austria, 2012

Skopje Film Festival, Macedonia, 2012

Berlin International Film Festival - Berlinale, Germany, 2012

Production Companies:
Sisters and Brother Mitevski
Franklin Ruzvelt br.4-38
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Ostlicht Filmproduktion
Keller, Lenz, Schwab GbR
Ackerwand 23
99423 Weimar

Vertigo Film
Kersnikova 4
SI - 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Entre Chien et Loup
28, rue de l’Amblève
1160 Brussels, Belgum

Sales Agent
Urban Distribution International
Paris-New York
14 rue du 18 Août 93100
Montreuil-sous-Bois- France

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