The film “When the day had no name” awarded at the Festival of European Film in Lecce, Italy



The Macedonian film “When the day had no name” by Teona Strugar Mitevska, won the Cineuropa Award on the European Film Festival which was held from 3 to 8 April 2017 in Lecce, Italy. Cineuropa, as one of the most important portals dedicated to European film, is giving this prize within ten festivals throughout Europe, including Berlin, Cannes and Venice. The criteria of the jury during evaluation of the films is uniqueness and artistic language and this award helps to the films to make successful European cinema distribution. Also Cineauropa allows to awarded films presentation on their Internet portal, which has tremendous relevance in the film professional circles.

 In Lecce, jury commission consisted by Cecile Despringre, Guillame Gallop and Asja Krsmanovic assigning the award to the film, stated: Cineuropa award was awarded to the film “When the day had no name” that depict complex social problems of a young generation who live on the margins of society, rejected by dysfunction and loss of the families. The story shows multiple layers of the society in transition, where nationalism and chauvinism imposed new values. Director with great mastery gives voice to new generations, which are squeezed between patriarchal values and western influences. Through unobtrusive and spontaneous dialogues director takes us through the atmosphere of an ordinary provincial day that ends unexpectedly.

In Lecce, film was represent by two actors, Hanis Bagashov and Stafan Kitanovic, who attended the closing ceremony of the festival and received the award on behalf of the crew.

“When the day had no name” in April continues on its festival path on Film Festival in Linz, Austria.