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Interview with Teona Strugar Mitevska, director of The Happiest Man of the World

Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska, revealed her latest film -The Happiest Man in the World in the Orizzonti section, last year of the Venice Film Festival. Written by cineast and her Sarayevian collaborator Elma Tataragic, who lived this story in reality, the feature is their third scenario. They previously collaborated on When the Day Had No Name and the Berlinale awarded God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya (here is the review of Malik Berkati, in French). Mitevska studied in NYC, at the Tisch School of the Arts. The project’s producer is, for the fifth time, her sister Labina Mitevska, of the Macedonian production company Sisters and Brother Mitevski.
The story follows Asja, 45 years old who is trying to find love and meets Zoran, 46 years old banker. The man is not looking for love, but rather forgiveness from this first war victim back from when he was a Serbian sniper in Sarajevo. The film is a co-production between North Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, and Denmark. (…)

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Sabina Vajrača, a Bosnian-American filmmaker, wins the Claims Conference’s Short Film, Large Subject Emerging Filmmaker Contest

The film contest of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is for emerging directors focused on the Holocaust. This year, the contest received thirty-nine applications from seven countries. Gideon Taylor, President of the Claims Conference, said:
“The Claims Conference is pleased to provide a new generation of filmmakers the opportunity to bring to life the memory and lessons of the Holocaust. We are proud to facilitate the creation of these narratives and documentaries. Film is a critical medium when it comes to telling the story of the Shoah, and it is an incredible opportunity to support these directors as they share their unique lens on this history. This film comes at another pivotal moment in history when we are witnessing the importance of standing up – of not being a bystander.”
The winning film is inspired by a true story of two heroic families: one risked their lives during the Holocaust — the other returned the favor five decades later!

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