The Woman Who Brushed off Her Tears / Ženska, ki si je otrla solze (2012)

103 min / fiction, Feature Film

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 whatever it takes in order to exist. One cannot leave after she finds out the painful truth, the other is caught in the rules and ways she is unable to break and escape from.

This is a story of Helena who cannot cry and Ajsun who doesn't have time to cry. The two influence over each other's lives in most unexpected ways.

The Woman Who Brushed off Her Tears tells a story about the various kinds of imprisonment that we create for ourselves or are forced into. Helena's path is precisely traced, and she is unable to change it. Ajsun just wants to live. Both aspire to be free.


Victoria Abril
Labina Mitevska
Jean-Marie Galey
Arben Bajraktaraj
Firdaus Nebi
Kaeliok Fonenimum Varka
Dimitar Gjorgijevski

Film crew

Director: Teona Mitevska
Screenwriter: Teona Mitevska
D.O.P.: Matyas Erdely
Production designer: Vuk Mitevski, Stephane von Tresckow
Costume Designer: Monika Lorber
Editor: Nicolas Gaster
Makeup Artist: Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska
Producer: Labina Mitevska, Danijel Hočevar, Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab, Diana Elbaum, Sebastien Delloye
Executive Producer: Ana Jordanova


Production Company: Vertigo, Luminary Media, Entre Chien et Loup, Ostlicht Filmproduktion, Sisters and brother Mitevski production
Co-funding: MDM - Mittedeutsche Medienförderung, Makedonski filmski sklad, Slovenski filmski center, javna agencija RS, Luminary Media, Casa Kafka Pictures, FS Viba film Ljubljana, Eurimages

Technical data

Film format: 35 mm
Aspect ratio: 1:2,35
Colours: color
Sound: dolby Digital SRD