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Festival in Media
Section: International Competition
Country: Germany /Bulgaria
Year: 2016



92 min, color

Director Eliza Petkova Screenplay Eliza Petkova Cinematography Constanze Schmitt Editing: Hannes Marget, Eliza Petkova Music: Hannes Marget Cast Anna Manolova, Snezhina Petrova, Mihail Stoyanov, Maria Klecheva, Stoyko Ivanov, Boyana Georgieva, Asya Popova, Márton Nagy

Lora, a 17 years old girl, has to deal with her father's death. In the small Bulgarian village where
time seems to stand still, her family and the villagers expect her to give herself over to grief.
From now on, she must wear black, not listen to any music and observe various mourning
rituals. However, Lora wants to keep on enjoying her youth but her desire to live a normal life is
disrupted by the judgment of others, who force her to play the role of an orphan.

Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin
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Eliza Petkova

Eliza was born in 1983 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. After completing an MA in Philosophy and Modern Japanese at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, she worked as a freelance filmmaker in Berlin, where she first chose to focus on documentary films. In 2011, she joins the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (DFFB) to study directing. She has made a variety of films, which have been shown at various festivals. In 2015, her short "Abwesend" (“Absent”) was nominated at the Festival de Cannes for the Cinéfondation. "Zhaleika" is her first feature film.




2010 Stille Post

2011 Willkommen Zuhause

2012 Im Kreis

2013 Mein Sohn

2014 Abwesend

2014 Zur Rechten Zeit

2015 Harmonia

2015 Nabelschnur


2016 Zhaleika