Ralitza Petrova

Ralitza Petrova


In my films I try to build maximum tension by leaving only the essence of what things are really about. Like in haiku poetry. It allows the viewer to have a visceral experience.    


Born in Bulgaria, Ralitza lives and works between England, Bulgaria, and France. She studied Fiction Directing at the National Film and Television School in the UK. Her films have won acclaim at film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, and Locarno. In 2007 she was awarded the Prix UIP, Best European Short Film at Berlinale for her film ROTTEN APPLE. One of her following shorts, BY THE GRACE OF GOD (2009), premiered in Cannes, and is currently distributed by the British Film Institute and Tate Modern. In 2016, her feature debut GODLESS premiered at FF Locarno, where it won the Golden Leopard. Ralitza is an alumna of TorinoFilmLab’s FrameWork 2013, Le Groupe Ouest 2013, Sarajevo Film Festival's CineLink 2015, and the Women in Film Finishing Fund, Los Angeles.

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