The Happiest Man in the World


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Film Info
Original Title:Najsre?niot Covek na Svetot
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Release Year:2022
Runtime:95 min
Country/Region:Bosnia & Herzegovina
Republic of North Macedonia
Print Source:Pyramide International
Tags:Culture & Society
Social Justice
Women Directors
Health & Wellness
Mental Health
Dark Comedy
Director:Teona Strugar Mitevska
Producer:Labina Mitevska
Cinematographer:Virginie Saint Martin
Screenwriter:Elma Tataragic
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Editor:Per K. Kirkegaard
Principal Cast:Jelena Kordic
Adnan Omerovic
Labina Mitevska
Ana Kostovska


The ironically titled The Happiest Man in the World is the best work yet from North Macedonian filmmaker Teona Mitevska (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya). The complex, provocative and blackly humorous narrative is inspired by actual events experienced by Bosnian co- screenwriter Elma Tatargic, years after she was wounded during the siege of Sarajevo. At its center, it questions what elements define us: ethnicity, religion, gender? Which of these unite or divide us? And, perhaps most importantly, can forgiveness start to heal trauma?

The action is set over the course of a day-long speed-dating event at the infamous Sarajevo Holiday Inn. Some of the participants are paired as they arrive, while others meet there to learn more about each other, as do the protagonists Asje and Zoran. As they, along with several dozen others, participate in lightning question rounds and some cringe-inducing games, it becomes clear that Zoran is not looking for love, but forgiveness.–Alissa Simon

Director Biography

Teona Strugar Mitevska has worked as a child actor, painter and graphic designer and studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her films include The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears (2012), Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija (2019), and The Happiest Man in the World (2022).