Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska's fourth feature film, was shown in the Berlinale's Panorama programme.
When the Day Had No Name is a story of a lost generation harmed by the social change in the Balkans. In 2012, the bodies of a few Macedonian teenagers were found almost a lake outside Skopje, after six ordinary boys went out on a fishing expedition. In the film, amid the following 24 hours together, they become more acquainted with each other better and start to give their covers a chance to drop. They toy with each other's feelings, move around to old pop tunes, conflict with a few Albanians, put their sexual attraction under serious scrutiny – and look for an approach to vent their desire for life in a disappointing society.
The film is not a crime story in the mood of Hollywood, nor a documentary about the events and the investigation of the murder of four young men in Smilkovsko Lake. The last exercise of Mitevska is a creative reflection of several post-pubertal life stories on which is woven atmosphere long after the last part remains in the soul.
Born 1974 in Skopje, Macedonia, lives there and in Brussels. Came as a children's actress for the first time with the film in touch. Trained as a graphic designer, film studies at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Her short film Veta ran in the panorama; With her feature film Jas sum od Titov Veles, who has won over 20 awards throughout the world, as well as The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears.
1999 Why is Betty Boop Angry; Kurzfilm 2000 Amer in Amerika; Kurzfilm 2001 Veta; Kurzfilm, IFB Panorama 2004 How I Killed a Saint 2008 I Am from Titov Veles; IFB Panorama 2012 Alerik · The Woman Who Brushed off Her Tears; IFB Panorama 2017 When the Day Had no Name
The main cast consists of neophytes Leon Ristov, Hanis Bagashov, Stefan Kitanovic, Dragan Mishevski, Ivan Vrtev Soptrajanov, Igorco Postolov, Perunika Kiselički, Ines Hodic and Erina Poplavska, plus the director's sister and the film's producer, famous Macedonian actress Labina Mitevska.
The script was co-written by Mitevska and Elma Tataragic, acclaimed French cinematographer Agnès Godard was the DoP, and Stefan Stabenow (In Bloo, Babai) and Sophie Vercruysse (Baden Bade , Souvenir) edited the picture. Jean Paul Dessy (Le vertige des possibles ) composed the score.
When the Day Had No Name was co-produced by Macedonia's Sisters and Brother Mitevski, Belgium's Entre Chien et Loup and Slovenia's Vertigo. Cercamon has the international rights.