Bulgarian film director Binka Zhelyazkova, the leading woman filmmaker of her
generation, has died at age 88.
was considered the "bad girl" of filmmaking, according to Bulgarian news reports,
which led to bans of some of her films made during the communist
She directed both feature films and documentaries in a career that
spanned four decades, and worked with some of the country's best actors. Her
films were shown at leading international competitions. Poslednata duma
competed in Cannes in 1974. Baseynat was the Silver Prize at the
Moscow Film Festival in 1977, and A byahme mladi won th Golden Prize at
Moscow in 1961. In 2007, Zhelyazkova received a lifetime achievement award for
her contribution to Bulgarian cinema.
was married to Bulgarian screenwriter Hristo Ganev, who collaborated on some of