VARNA: Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva’s second feature film Glory will screen in the main competition of the 34th Golden Rose National Film Festival (19-25 September 2016). The film is a socially engaged ironic take on the contemporary life in Bulgaria.
Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov and Decho Taralezhkov wrote the script based on a real story, generously covered by the Bulgarian media some years ago. The main character is a railway worker Tsanko, who quite accidentally finds a considerable amount of money. Instead of keeping it for himself, he delivers it to the police. As a reward, he is offered a modern wristwatch. At the same time his old wristwatch Slava (meaning glory) gets lost and Tsanko starts an epic struggle to find it.
“Similar to our debut The Lesson, which we directed and produced through Abraxas Film, Glory is also inspired by real life. Since it is rather unusual for someone to find money and to tell the truth, the local media made a big fuss. Anyway, we did not follow the events as they really happened, but we developed the script introducing additional characters. Our hero is a man refusing to be humiliated”, Grozeva and Valchanov told the local media.
Bulgaria’s Abraxas produced the film in coproduction with Greece’s Graal Film. The project was supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center and the Greek Film Centre. Bulgarian National Television also backed the project.
The film stars Stefan Denlyubov and Margita Gosheva. True to their custom, the directors mixed professional and non-professional actors. Shooting took place during the summer of 2015.
The world premiere of the film took place in the main competition of the 70th Locarno IFF, where the film received the Special Mention of the International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS) Jury. The film was also awarded Best Film at Croatia’s Avvantura Film Festival. Stefan Denlyubov was awarded Best Actor at the same festival. After Golden Rose NFF, Glory will screen at the 21st Busan IFF (6-15 October 2016).
Wide Management is handling the sales. New York-based distributor Film Movement picked up the US and English-speaking Canadian rights during Toronto IFF 2016.
Directors: Kristina Grozeva, Petar ValchanovScriptwriters: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho TaralezhkovDoP: Krum RodriguezComposer: Hristo NamlievEditor: Petar ValchanovCast: Stefan Denlyubov, Margita Gosheva, Kitodar Todorov, Milko Lazarov, dr. Georgy Stamenov, Ivan Savov, Hristofor Nedkov, Mira Iskarova