TEONA STRUGAR MITEVSKA
Director and scriptwriter, was born in 1974 into an artistic family, in Skopje, Macedonia. In 2001, she finished the Master of Film Arts program at the prestigious New York University's Tisch School of Arts.
She made her debut as a film director in 2001 with the short film "Veta", which received the Special Jury award at the Berlin Film Festival. Her first feature film "How I Killed a Saint" premiered at the 2004 Rotterdam Film festival, Tiger Competition and traveled to another 50 film festivals and had won numerous prizes around the world like Best European Film at the Crossing Europe Film festival, Linz, Austria.
Her second film "I Am from Titov Veles" has been theatrically released in 15 countries in 2008/2009, including France, Germany, Belgium and USA, and was screened in the official competition at the following festivals: Berlin Film Festival – Panorama Section; Sarajevo Film Festival, where it won Special Jury Award; Toronto Film Festival -Discovery section. The film also screened at 2008 Cannes Film Festival - ACID selection. The film was invited to more than 80 festivals around the world and won over 20 international awards.
Her third feature "The Woman Who Brushed off Her Tears" with Victoria Abril had its world premiere at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival (Panorama Special). Since then it successfully traveled to more than 40 festivals and was theatrically distributed to Macedonia, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Srbia, Bosnia.
Her fourth film "When the Day Had No Name" is in post-production in Belgium and Slovenia, and was filmed in May 2015 in Macedonia
lm Festival (Panorama Special).
2011 THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS (Macedonia, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium - 103’)
2008 I AM FROM TITOV VELES (Macedonia, France, Belgium, Slovenia - 102’)
2004 HOW I KILLED A SAINT (Macedonia, Slovenia, France - 87’)
She started her acting career as a teenager in 1993, playing Zamira in Milcho Mancevski's Golden Lion award winning Before the Rain. In the years that followed that she resumed her studies.
In 1996 she entered into a successful collaboration with Michael Winterbottom. Following Welcome to Sarajevo they worked together in I Want You. For these accomplishments she was chosen as one of the Shooting Stars at the Berlinale in 1998. Her acting carrier continued around Europe, as she has filmed in Germany, Czech Republic, Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, and Slovenia.
In 2001, Labina, her sister Teona and their brother Vuk she established the production company Sisters and Brother Mitevski. Apart from finishing the production of The Women Who Brushed off Her Tears, their company just finished the short stop animation movie Alerik, animated and directed by Vuk. All their films are European co-productions involving partners from Slovenia, France, Belgium, and Germany.
In 2007, Labina played the extraordinary complex role of Afrodita in I Am from Titov Veles, a performance that brought her a number of awards.
In their last film The Woman Who Brushed off Her Tears she is playing one of the main roles together with Victoria Abril.
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