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SUNDANCE 2014

Bulgaria-Romania coproduction, in competition at Sundance

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- Maya Vitkova’s first feature Viktoria in the 12-title World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Bulgaria-Romania coproduction, in competition at Sundance

Produced by director Maya Vitkova through her Viktoria Films production company and co-produced by Romania’s Mandragora (through Anca Puiu), Viktoria [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maya Vitkova
film profile
]
tells the story of Boryana (Irmena Chichikova), a young woman determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. But Boryana gives birth to Viktoria, who despite being born with no umbilical cord, is proclaimed to be the baby of the decade. Political collapse and the hardships of the transition will leave their mark on the lives of Viktoria and her mother.

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The project received support from the Media Programme, the Bulgarian National Film Center and the Vienna Film Fund, and was part of the Berlinale Talent Project Market.

It is not the first collaboration between Viktoria Films and Maya Viktova and Romania. The director wrote the screenplays for two of her previous short films, My Tired Father and Stanka Goes Home together with Romanian director and screenwriter Radu Jude (The Happiest Girl in the World [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Everybody in Our Family [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Radu Jude
film profile
]
). Before directing her first feature, Vitkova was executive producer for Eastern Plays [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kamen Kalev
film profile
]
, Kamen Kalev’s film selected in the Directors’ Fortnight competition in Cannes.

Besides Bulgaria, also represented in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition in Sundance are Norway, Serbia, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom (with two films). The other films come from Chile, Argentina, Ethiopia, and Australia, with Asia only represented by India.

The 30th edition of the Sundance film festival will take place between January 16-26.

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