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Festival in Media
Section: Forum of European Cinema
Country: Bulgaria /Denmark/France
Year: 2016



99 min, color

Director Ralitza Petrova Screenplay Ralitza Petrova Cinematography Krum Rodriguez, Chayse Irvin Editing Donka Ivanova Cast Irena Ivanova, Ivan Nalbantov, Ventzislav Konstantinov, Alexandr Triffonov, Dimitar Petkov

In a remote Bulgarian town, Gana looks after the elderly with dementia, while trafficking their ID cards on the black market of identity theft. At home, she provides for her jobless mother, with whom she hardly speaks. Her relationship with her car-mechanic boyfriend is no shelter for love either - with sexual attraction vanished, intimacy is reduced to an addiction to morphine. Nothing seems to have consequences on the nurse's conscience, not even the incidental murder of a patient, who threatens to expose her fraudulent dealings. Things start to shake up, when Gana hears the music of Yoan, a new patient, whose ID card she has trafficked. A growing empathy for the old man unlocks Gana's drugged-up conscience, and she is ready for change. But when Yoan is arrested for fraud, she learns that doing 'the right thing' comes at a high price..



Ralitza Petrova

Born in Bulgaria, Ralitza lives and works between England, Bulgaria, and France. In early life, she studied Fine Art, and later Fiction Directing at the UK’s National Film and Television School. Her films have won acclaim at film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto, as well as on numerous art platforms, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

She was previously awarded the Prix UIP, Best European Short Film at Berlinale, and nominated for an EFA. Her film ‘By the Grace of God’, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival, is currently on DVD at the British Film Institute and Tate Modern. Her debut ‘Godless’ has been awarded production prizes at TorinoFilmLab’s FrameWork 2013, Sarajevo Film Festival's CineLink 2015, and the Women in Film Finishing Fund, Los Angeles.



2005 Lunchbreak (Short)

2007 Rotten Apple (Short)

2009 By the Grace of God (Short)

2016 Bezbog