2016, Ralitza Petrova, Bulgaria/Denmark/France, 99 min. With Irena Ivanova, Ventzislav Konstantinov.
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“A steely, compelling work…represents the debut of an uncompromising talent.” — Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
“Stark quasi-thriller plot threaded with quiet moments of philosophy and visual poetry…feels like an Eastern European cousin of WINTER’S BONE.” — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
A dark sense of fate and subtle hints of noir threads through this winner of the Golden Leopard and the Best Actress awards at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival. Gana (Ivanova), a home-visiting aide to the elderly, treats her frail indigent charges with rough disdain, and steals their government ID cards for a fraud scam she runs with her auto mechanic boyfriend, a smalltime gangster. Joyless group sex with a corrupt local judge, drugs, and petty crime make up a bleak picture of life in a rural factory town, but Gana’s encounter with a fragile former political prisoner, director of an amateur choir, leads to a brief epiphany for which she may pay a terrible price. In Bulgarian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Heretic Outreach. DCP digital. (BS)