MAKEDONIUM: Dramaturgy of the Unfinished

"MAKEDONIUM: Dramaturgy of the Unfinished" is a collaborative film by director Teona Strugar Mitevska and artists Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski; based on a book by Ivanoska and Calovski focusing on the story of Makedonium, the most prominent memorial complex built in Macedonia between 1969-1974, during Tito's Yugoslavia. Mitevska directs the movie as a fictional reenactment positioning the voiceless female architect in the center of a male-dominated narrative. 

  • Teona Strugar Mitevska
    Jas sum od Titov Veles (2007), When the Day Had No Name (2017), Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija (2019), The Happiest Man in the World (2022).
  • Hristina Ivanoska
  • Yane Calovski
  • Johannes Kuhnke
    Key Cast
    "The Narrator "
    Johannes Kuhnke was born on April 17, 1972 in Strömsund, Jämtlands län, Sweden. He is an acForce Majeure (2014), Äkta människor (2012) and The House That Jack Built (2018).
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    МАКЕДОНИУМ: Драматургија на недовршеното
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  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 50 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Language:
    English, Macedonian
  • Shooting Format:
    HD Digital
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Director Biography - Teona Strugar Mitevska

Teona Strugar Mitevska was born in 1974 in an artistic family in Skopje, Macedonia. She started as a child actor, trained as a painter and a graphic designer and later studied at M.F.A program in film at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University.

She made her debut as short film director in 2001 with VETA, and has been making films ever since: HOW I KILLED A SAINT, 2004; I AM FROM TITOV VELES, 2007; THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS, 2012; TERESA AND I, 2013; WHEN THE DAY HAD NO NAME, 2017.

GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA shot in January 2018, premiered in competition in Berlin Film Festival 2019. Since its founding, SISTERS AND BROTHER MITEVSKI, have co-produced THE WILD PEAR TREE by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; NIGHTLIFE by Damjan Kozole and SIERRANEVADA by Christi Puiu.

In 2018, France’s Ministry of Culture awarded her the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her latest film "The Happiest Man in the World" (2022) premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2022 and was North Macedonia's submission for the Academy Awards 2023.

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Director Statement

I consider cinema an art form, and I have always practiced it as such. My hard stance on being uncompromising has only sometimes brought me easiness, but I have always stood by my core values of what my cinema should be. My mother once told me: If you have nothing to say, do not waste my time! As an artist, I respond to the times we live in, searching for the zeitgeist of the moment and, through story and content, pushing boundaries of thought and form. This simple direction has become my mantra, my guide.

In April 2022, I was invited by two contemporary artists, Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska, to direct the film MAКEDONIUM: Dramaturgy of the Unfinished, which emerged from their research on the most significant memorial complex built in Macedonia during Tito's Yugoslavia. Based on a script by Ivanoska, the film articulates the political and philosophical struggle of the authors of the monument and spouses in real life, Iskra and Jordan Grabuloski; the memorial was built over five years (1970-1975) to commemorate the narrative of the political and human struggle of the Macedonian people and the nation-building concept of the state. Frankly, I'm profoundly intuitive but also well-researched. The narrative emerges from the authors' and stakeholders' minutes, draft plans, and official correspondence. It follows the struggle for artistic freedom and recognition, especially on the part of Iskra, the primary architect's co-author and partner.
The film explores the unrestricted, fluid, situational, and ultimately, the architecture of the space of experimentation. 

MAKEDONIUM was shoot in 2 days following a series of workshops and rehearsals. Adapting to available locations, time, and space opened doors to functional creativity and eventually trusting my instincts more. In that regard, the film is conceptual and collaborative, unlike any other I have worked on. We agreed that the preproduction and rehearsals would lead to a very intense 2-day shooting schedule on a particular location - the Hydrometeorological Institute in Skopje, one of the best examples of late modern and brutalist architecture. In my previous film shoot in Skopje, I have always experienced modern Macedonian architecture of the 60s and 70s and onward as a site for unfolding storylines. As a result, I plan to work again on exploring new interdisciplinary ways to address modern history via postmodern lance.