God Exists, Her Name is Petruyna (Gospod postoi, imeto i’ e Petrunija)
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Petrunya (a fine performance by Zorica Nusheva) is a woman in her 30s, still living with her parents in a small Macedonian town, unemployed despite a first-class degree in history. Returning from another humiliating, unsuccessful job interview, she stumbles across a crowd of young men diving for the holy cross that the priest has thrown into the icy river, a tradition to mark Epiphany. When Petrunya takes the plunge and retrieves the cross herself, she sparks public outcry and a media frenzy. Seizing this one chance for self-determination, Peterunya must cling onto her dignity and courage in the face of overt institutional misogyny and mob rule. A spirited, astute, and visually striking satire about religion and patriarchal society in Macedonia. FC
Free but ticketed. LUX Film Prize Official Selection