A nurse traffics the ID cards of demented patients on the black market of identity theft. Driven by easy cash, and an addiction to morphine, she struggles to keep tabs on her emotional void, and a growing fear of punishment.
- Pardo d'oro, Best Actress (Irena Ivanova) - FF Locarno
- Special Jury Prize - Sarajevo FF
- Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Actor (Irena Ivanova, Ivan Nalbantov) - Golden Rose FF
- Golden Puffin for Best Film- Reykjavik IFF
- Best Narrative Feature - Hamptons IFF
- FIPRESCI Award - Warsaw FF
- The New Talent Grand PIX - CPH PIX
- Best Film, Best Actress (Irena Ivanova) - Stockholm IFF
- Silver Gateway Award (International Competition) - Mumbai IFF
- Grand Prix (International Competition), Best Bulgarian Feature Film - Sofia IFF
- Sauvage Award for Best Fiction Film - L'Europe autour de l'Europe
- Jerusalem Film Festival 2017
- Sarajevo Film Festival 2016
- Toronto International Film Festival 2016
- Istanbul Film Festival 2017
- ArteKino Festival 2017
- San Francisco International Film Festival 2017
- Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy 2017
- Premiers Plans Festival - Angers 2017
- Sofia International Film Festival 2017
- Locarno Film Festival 2016
- Filmfest Hamburg 2016
- CPH PIX 2016
- Cartagena International Film Festival 2017
- AFI FEST 2016
- Irena Ivanova
- Ventsislav Konstantinov
- Ivan Nalbantov
- Alexander Triffonov
- Ralitza Petrova
- Krum Rodriguez
- Chayse Irvin
- Donka Ivanova
My main character, a woman forced to struggle for her survival, is living in a social environment, where abuse and humiliation are legitimate means to power. Godless depicts a world where cruelty and criminality win, where you get away with murder without any consequence, and a possibility for hope can only emerge when all is lost, beyond a godless reality
- KLAS FILM
- HERETIC OUTREACH
The message is clear: there was never a time in history when the weak were not abused by the powerful.
A steely, compelling work that mixes harsh social realism with a powerful strain of laconic character sketch.
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.