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Bulgaria | 2014 | 155 minutes | Maya Vitkova

Oddball humor, social commentary, and mother-daughter dynamics combust as Boryana’s daughter Viktoria is born without an umbilical cord—and proclaimed the “Socialist Baby of the Decade.” Viktoria is lavished with gifts by the state until her life unravels with the 1989 political collapse.

May 25, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 26, 2014
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Maya Vitkova’s directorial debut is a sly and dryly funny satire on Bulgarian life before and after the fall of communism, as well as an epic mother and daughter story spanning several decades. Boryana is a librarian who dreams of immigration. Her pregnancy, eagerly awaited by her doctor husband, ruins her plans; after the birth, postpartum depression intensifies her feelings of entrapment. Meanwhile her daughter Viktoria, born in 1979 without a bellybutton or umbilical cord, is celebrated as the “Socialist Baby of the Decade.” As Viktoria grows up pampered by her father and by the Bulgarian dictator himself—whom she has a direct phone line to—she becomes the poster child of socialist utopia. But when the state crashes, so does Viktoria’s bright future. What can a youngster comprehend about the fall of a government? Viktoria tries to unravel the mystery of her mother and to realize one of her mother’s lost dreams. Poignant archival footage weaves a structure that gives her semi-autobiographical film a cohesive historical context. In surreal reds and somber tones highlighting her characters’ unruly moods and behaviors, Vitkova shows us a world of political and personal revolution.

Director Biography

Maya Vitkova is a Bulgarian writer and director. She attended the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts where she earned her M.A. in film directing in 2001. Viktoria is Vitkova’s feature length debut.

Director: Maya Vitkova
Principal Cast: Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova, Kalina Vitkova, Mariana Krumova, Dimo Dimov
Country: Bulgaria, Romania
Year: 2014
Running Time: 155 minutes
Producer: Maya Vitkova
Screenplay: Maya Vitkova
Cinematographers: Krum Rodriguez
Editors: Alexander Etimov
Music: Kaloyan Dimitrov
Awards: Titanic Film Festival 2014 (Breaking Waves Award)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Bulgarian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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