God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (2019)
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (2019) is a Macedonian film with a simple story, mostly humorous, but having a profound theme. It was a different take on the familiar theme of male domination prevalent in local societies and imposed with the excuse of tradition. Check out the film and it is available for free till the 18th of June 2020 in Festival Scope.
Petrunya is a young lady, a major in history, who is living with her parents, is unemployed and looking hard to get a job. One day while returning home near a riverbank, she finds herself in the middle of a Christian ritual where a local Priest throws a holy wooden cross down the river and people are rushing to pick it up. It is believed the winner who gets the cross will be blessed with luck for the whole year. Unexpectedly Petrunya gets the cross, which triggers a commotion as traditionally only “Men” participate in the context. The local gang of males are aggrieved on being won over by a female, the priest and the police chief try to mediate with Petrunya to return the cross to settle the issue. What happens then is the reminder of the film.
The entire film happens over a single day and is told from the point of view of Petruna. The cinematography feels intense with a lot of closeups.