Original Format:  35mm

Year of Released:  2012

Running Time:  102 min.

Director:  Teona Strugar Mitevska

Producer:  Labina Mitevska

Editor:  Nicolas Gaster

Screen Writer:  Teona Strugar Mitevska

Director of Photography:  Matyas Erdely

Principal Cast:  Victoria Abril, Labina Mitevska, Jean Marie Galey, Arben Bajraktaraj, Firdaus Nebi, Kaeliok Fonenimum Varka

Brief Synopsis:
In Paris, Helena witnesses her son’s suicide. Noah confesses the horrible truth of his father’s abuse, but Helena refuses to believe him. Her son falls over the balcony railing into the night. From this moment on, Helena’s world is turns upside down as her struggle for survival transforms into a hunt for revenge. Ajsun is a dreamer who lives with her father and son Ilkin. In the high mountains of Macedonia, their existence is simple and harsh.Life has a different pace and purpose there, the daily survival is what drives them all. Ajsun dreams of reuniting with Lucien, the father of her son. This is a story of two very different mothers: one that needs to punish in order to get by and the other that is forced to accept daily punishment in order to exist. This is a story of inner rage and of suffering a silent violence and of one woman’s need to externalize it in order to justify her own existence. The other woman has to fight against traditions, patriarchy, religious and ethnic barriers just to be with the man she loves and to reunite her family. These two women from different parts of the world will end up affecting each other’s lives in the most unexpected ways. “The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears” tells a story about the various imprisonment we create for ourselves or are forced into. Helena’s path is precisely traced, a path she is unable to change. Ajsun wants to live. Both aspire to be free. This is a story of two destinies coming into one, of two women coming into one, and of two worlds becoming one.


Golden Mimosa for Best Camera – Montenegro Film Festival, Herceg Novi, 2012


  • European Film Awards, Malta, 2012
  • Tuzla Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012
  • Trieste International Film Festival, Italy, 2012
  • Festival des Arcs, Belgium, 2012
  • Namur Film Festival, Belgium, 2012
  • Pristina Film Festival, Kosovo, 2012
  • Chennai International Film Festival, India, 2012
  • Panorama of European Cinema Festival, Greece, 2012
  • Muces Film Festival, Spain, 2012
  • Kolkata International Film Festival, India, 2012
  • Regiofun Film Festival, Poland, 2012
  • Macedonian Film Festival, Canada, 2012
  • Malaga Film Festival, Spain, 2012
  • International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, Turkey, 2012
  • Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland, 2012
  • Pusan International Film Festival, Korea, 2012
  • International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, Bitola, Macedonia, 2012
  • International Film Festival Espoo Cine, Finland, 2012
  • International Film Festival Cinema Jove, Valencia, Spain, 2012
  • Two Riversides International Film Festival, Poland, 2012
  • European Film Festival, Palic, Serbia 2012
  • Brasilia International Film Festival, Brazil, 2012
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012
  • Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz, Austria, 2012
  • Skopje Film Festival, Macedonia, 2012
  • Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale, Germany, 2012

Production Companies:
Sisters and Brother Mitevski
Franklin Ruzvelt br.4-38
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Ostlicht Filmproduktion
Keller, Lenz, Schwab GbR
Ackerwand 23
99423 Weimar

Vertigo Film
Kersnikova 4
SI – 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Entre Chien et Loup
28, rue de l’Amblève
1160 Brussels, Belgum

Sales Agent
Urban Distribution International
Paris-New York
14 rue du 18 Août 93100
Montreuil-sous-Bois- France