Art Cinema Award for “Glory”, by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, at the Vilnius Film Festival 2017
The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the 22nd Vilnius Film Festival went to GLORY by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov .
Bulgaria / Greece, 2016, 100 min
Direction: Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
Screenplay: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov
Cast: Stefan Denolyubov, Margita Gosheva, Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov
Production: Abraxas Film, Graal Films
International sales: Wide Management
More information on the festival’s website.
Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, and the state rewards him with a new wristwatch, but soon the new watch stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch. And here starts his desperate struggle to get his old watch back, as well as his dignity.
The Award goes to the film, which by using minimalistic means and metaphorical storyline delivers realistic social commentary. Finely-tuned narrative which started as a light-hearted story evolves into Kafkaesque nightmare where two detached worlds come close, yet inability to communicate leads to an escalating disaster. A remarkable mix of genres, where comedy flirts with drama, delivers a fine example of social-realism. The director duo master the concept of time, the essential element in filmmaking, as well as skillfully converts it into one of the major characters and themes of the film.
The jury was composed of:
Yannick Reix, Café des Images, Hérouville Saint-Clair, France
Marica Romolini, Niels Stensen Cultural Foundation, Florence, Italy
Giedrė Simanauskaitė, Berlin Lithuanian Film Festival, Germany.