God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya

An angry yet melancholic satire that passes scathing judgement on representatives of the church, the judiciary and the media in Macedonian society.

Please note that this film is in Macedonian, with Dutch subtitles.
Time & Tickets

‘Tell them you’re 24’, advises Petrunya’s mother as her daughter heads off to another interview. But Petrunya is 31; moreover, she has studied history, a subject that no one in Macedonia seems to need. So there she sits in front of her potential employer, a factory owner, who looks down on her floral dress and refuses to take her seriously. On her way home – naturally, she did not get the job – Petrunya decides to take the plunge. It is Epiphany and, like every year, the young men of the city are diving for the holy cross that the priest has thrown into the icy river. This time, Petrunya is quicker than everyone else and ends up holding the trophy aloft for the TV cameras. For one whole day and one night, she will defend the cross, accompanied by much public commotion and against the closed ranks of the male world. (source:

Teona Strugar Mitevska, Belgium, France, Croatia, Slovenië, 2019, 100 min. Macedonisch spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Simeon Moni Damevski, Suad Begovski, Violeta Shapkovska.