A young woman returns from America, the land of jobs, money and peace, to a world a million miles away: a Macedonia torn apart by internal conflicts. Returning to her family she discovers that her beloved younger brother Kokan has grown to become a NATO-hating, confident, nationalist 'freedom fighter' and a runner for black marketeers, dreaming of 'killing a saint'. The film tells their interwoven story, as he leads her into danger across the border carrying illicit goods and she reveals she is searching for her three year old daughter (a secret to him).In her début feature Mitevska creates a totally convincing presentation of a country in conflict with itself, of people in a state of continuing uncertainty, plagued by outbreaks of violence, in constant tension and stress. Kokan's youthful arrogance and pride in his 'terrorism' hides his real need for identity. His sister, Viola, is no less troubled, lost in America but finding herself now in a 'home' that she no longer recognises.How I Killed a Saint is one of several new features from the Balkans that suggests that the urgent need to make films dealing with the terrible conflicts of our time may lead to the emergence of a new generation of talented film-makers. [S.F.]

Original title
Kako ubiv svetec
Filmmaker
Teona Mitevska
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Macedonia, Slovenia, France
Year
2004
Medium
35mm
Length
82’
Language
Macedonian
Producer
Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production, Labina Mitevska, Emotionfilm, Silkroad Production
Sales
Silkroad Production, The Film Link
Writer
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Cinematography
Alain Marcoen
Production Design
Vuk Mitevski
Cast
Milan Tocinovski, Labina Mitevska
Website
http://www.sistersandbrothermitevski.com