Godless

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, 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.

 

festivals/ awards

Locarno IFF - Golden Leopard for Best Film / Best Actress Award / Boccalino d’Oro Independent Critics Award for Best Director / Ecumenical Prize
Toronto IFF
Sarajevo IFF - Special Jury Prize / Best Actress award
Batumi IFF – Best Film Director
Golden Rose National FF Bulgaria – Best Film award / Best Director Award / Best Actress for Irena Ivanova / Best Actor for Ivan Nalbantov (shared with Dimitar Nikolov for his role in Hristo) / Best Cinematographer for Krum Rodriguez for his work in both Godless and Glory
Reykjavik IFF – Golden Puffin for Best Film
Hamburg IFF
Busan IFF

Warsaw IFF – Fipresci Award
Mumbai IFF – Silver Gateway Award
Tofifest IFF
CPH PIX IFF 
- New Talent Grand Prix
Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo - ASECAN Best Film
Stockholm IFF - Best Film & Best Actress
AFI Fest
Anges Premiers Plans IFF
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
A L’ Est du Nouveau - 
Grand Jury Prize
Sofia IFF - Grand Prix for Best Film & Best Bulgarian Feature
L’ Europe Autour de l’ Europe - Prix Sauvage
Istanbul IFF
Linz Crossing Europe

info

DCP (D-Cinema) – 2016 – Bulgaria / Denmark / France – 99 minutes / Colour
Original title: Bezbog Original language: Bulgarian

Writer-director: Ralitza Petrova Cast: Irena Ivanova, Ivan Nalbantov, Ventzislav Konstantinov, Alexandr Triffonov, Dimitar Petkov Cinematography: Krum Rodriguez b.a.c., Cgayse Irvin c.s.c. Production design: Vanina Geleva Editing: Donka Ivanova, Ralitza Petrova Sound: Monchil Bozhkov Sound design: Peter Albrechtsen Producer: Rossitsa Valkanova Co-producers: Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapiney, Philippe Akoka Executive producer: Russi Lutzkanov

July 14, 2016

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