Glory

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Bulgaria | 2016 | 101 minutes | Petar Valchanov

From Bulgaria comes a darkly comic social satire about greed and corruption that begins when an honest railroad worker does a good deed, leading an opportunistic public-relations agent to stage a media blitz that upends the mild-mannered good Samaritan’s life.

"Both mordantly funny and savage"Andrew Wright, The Stranger

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Glory is a social-realist parable about two people from opposite ends of society: an honest railroad worker and a public relations diva. When railway lineman Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov) finds money on the railroad tracks and decides to turn the large amount over to the police, the state awards him a Good Samaritan diploma, which their aggressive workaholic PR woman, Julia Staykova (Margita Gosheva), whips up into a media blitz. Julia is the antithesis of Tsanko; self-involved and confident, she fails to treat him with the dignity he deserves, and the attention she thrusts upon him comes off as less of an honor and more like excruciating torture. Written and directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (The Lesson), Glory is the second film in their proposed "newspaper-clippings trilogy." Described by Indiewire as "Frank Capra meets the Dardenne brothers," this is an unpredictable and well-written film that sneaks up on you, with visceral cinematography courtesy of Krum Rodriguez (Viktoria). A darkly comic look at moral bankruptcy in Bulgaria, this satire posits that glory isn't all it's trumped up to be.

Director Biography

Kristina Grozeva received numerous award for her short films, among them Best Fiction Debut at the Bulgarian Film Academy Awards 2008 for "Birds of Heaven"; Special mention of the jury of the International Student Film Festival, Casablanca, Morocco 2009 and Special mention of the jury of the Mediaschool International Film Festival, Lodz 2009 for "Gap"; The award for the best short film until 10min.-International Student Film Festival 2006/Premios 7th Festival de Escuelas de Cine/Montevideo, Uruguay and The Best Film of International One-Minute Film Festival-Filminute, UK, 2007 for "Game".

Peter Valchanov graduated in Film and TV Directing form the NATFA in 2002. His first short film "Shock" participated in the student program at Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2001; his next short film "Resurrection" was awarded for the Best Film at the International Student Film Festival-Velingrad 2003. His short film "Captured" was selected at Tampere Film Festival, Finland 2005, as well as Sofia Film Fest-Jameson competition 2005, and Tel Aviv Film Festival, Israel 2006. His short film "Family Therapy" was awarded Best student fiction film of International Film Festival Wiesbaden 2009, Best Film-CINEMAIU¬BIT-international film festival Bucharest 2008, and Jameson Award for the best Bulgarian short film at Sofia Film Fest 2008, among others.

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  • Original Language Title: Slava
  • Director: Petar Valchanov
  • Principal Cast: Stefan Denolyubov, Margita Gosheva, Ana Bratoeva, Nadejda Bratoeva, Nikola Dodov, Stanislav Ganchev, Mira Iskarovam, Hristofor Nedkov
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Bulgaria, Greece
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 101 minutes
  • Producer: Kristina Grozeva
  • Screenplay: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov
  • Cinematographers: Krum Rodriguez
  • Editors: Peter Valchanov
  • Music: Hristo Namliev
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Locarno International Film Festival 2016 (Special Mention New Cinema)
  • Filmography: The Lesson (2014); Rivers Without Bridges (2013)
  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Movement
  • International Sales: Wide Management