Godless

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    Godless

    Bezbog

    Directed by

    Bulgaria, France, Denmark

    2016

    103 min

    • Bulgarian

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

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    • 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

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    Credits

    Cast
    Irena Ivanova
    Ventsislav Konstantinov
    Ivan Nalbantov
    Alexander Triffonov
    Screenplay
    Ralitza Petrova
    Cinematography
    Krum Rodriguez
    Chayse Irvin
    Editing
    Donka Ivanova

    Director's Statement

    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

    Production
    KLAS FILM
    Sales
    HERETIC OUTREACH

    Press

    The message is clear: there was never a time in history when the weak were not abused by the powerful.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    A steely, compelling work that mixes harsh social realism with a powerful strain of laconic character sketch.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Ralitza Petrova

    Ralitza Petrova

    Bulgaria

    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.

    Selected Filmography