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God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija18th Balkan Days 2024: Film Days

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In an annual ritual in the small Macedonian town of Štip, the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river each January and hundreds of men dive in after it. It is said that the man who succeeds in retrieving it will enjoy a future of wealth and good fortune. But this time, a woman not only joins in but succeeds in retrieving the cross. All hell breaks loose, but Petrunija holds on to the cross, not about to concede her victory.

In an annual ritual in the small Macedonian town of Štip, the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river each January and hundreds of men dive in after it. It is said that the man who succeeds in retrieving it will enjoy a future of wealth and good fortune. But this time, a woman not only joins in but succeeds in retrieving the cross. All hell breaks loose, but Petrunija holds on to the cross, not about to concede her victory.

Original language with German subtitles; FSK-rate 18 years and older

A woman lies naked with her arms outstretched and a wooden cross on her chest.
Copyright: Balkantage 2024