Bulgaria-Romania coproduction, in competition at Sundance
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Maya Vitkova’s first feature Viktoria in the 12-title World Cinema Dramatic Competition
Produced by director Maya Vitkova through her Viktoria Films production company and co-produced by Romania’s Mandragora (through Anca Puiu), Viktoria [+see also:
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.
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:
film profile], Everybody in Our Family [+see also:
interview: Radu Jude
film profile]). Before directing her first feature, Vitkova was executive producer for Eastern Plays [+see also:
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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