Godless / Bezbog

Director: Ralitza Petrova

Bulgaria / Denmark / France 2016, 99 min.
Language: Bulgarian with English subtitles

27 April   19:30   Kino 1   –   28 April   22:00   Kino 2

An almost totalitarian 4:3 format mercilessly reveals the limbo in which contemporary Bulgaria lies: its inability to escape a reactivated Soviet bloc, as well as to be reborn democratic and truly free. In Gana’s detachment, we see the ruthless emotional coldness of Godless’ black heroine, as depicted by Ralitza Petrova. She is the symbol of a social environment which is bleak and sentimentally desolate. The winner of the 2016 Locarno Golden Leopard is a poetic, ruthless and infernal vision; minimal and deep in the effects it produces. Gana is just one piece of an evil chain, herself a victim: her job as a carer for the old and frail is as tough as her two-faced personality; robbing their identity cards, which she then sells on to black market scammers. It is a mortal weakness, to feel emotions: Gana will later have to deal with her own misstep, touched by an encounter with music.

Cast: Irena Ivanova, Ivan Nalbantov, Ventzislav Konstantinov, Alexandr Triffonov, Dimitar Petkov
Producer: Rossitsa Valkanova
Writer: Ralitza Petrova
Cinematography: Krum Rodriguez b.a.c., Chayse Irvin c.s.c.
Production Designer: Vanina Geleva
Sound Designer: Peter Albrechtsen
Editor: Donka Ivanova

2016 — Locarno Film Festival
2016 — Toronto International Film Festival
2016 — AFI Fest

Golden Leopard 2016 – Locarno International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize 2016 – Sarajevo Film Festival
Golden Rose Award 2016 – Golden Rose National Film Festival in Varna
FIPRESCI Best Debut from Eastern Europe Award 2016 – Warsaw Film Festival