Bulgaria, 155mins, dir. Maya Vitkova
A hugely ambitious, decade-spanning debut feature with eye-popping visuals, sumptuous cinemaphotography and a truly original female-driven storyline, the groundbreaking Viktoria must be seen to be believed.
On 10 November, 1979 – 10 years before the collapse of Communism in Europe, Boryana is determined not to give birth to a child in Communist Bulgaria. The only thing Boryana longs for is to escape to the West. But despite her attempt to protect herself from an unwanted pregnancy, her baby survives… Unwanted, Viktoria is born with no umbilical cord to connect her to her mother and thus proclaimed “the baby of the decade” and, unwittingly, a symbol of Communist Bulgaria. While growing up, she dominates her environment and is at subconscious war with her mother – the one who didn’t want her. But exactly ten years after her birth, when the political situation collapses, Viktoria’s is turned upside down. The hardships of this new time gradually pull her and her mother together.
Writer-director/producer Maya Vitkova worked until 2006 as an assistant and casting director. In 2009, she executive produced Kamen Kalev’s EASTERN PLAYS which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight and was Bulgaria’s Oscar candidate in 2011. At the beginning of 2009, Maya founded Viktoria Films, producing two shorts and her debut feature VIKTORIA, which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival. She is now developing her second feature, the road movie GIN AIR, which will be partly shot in Brazil.
This screening includes food and drink.