Bulgaria Selects Glory as Oscar Candidate

    Glory by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva Glory by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva

    SOFIA: Petar Valchanov’s and Kristina Grozeva’s second feature film Glory, a socially engaged ironic film on contemporary life in Bulgaria, has been chosen as the country’s official candidate for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

    A year after its world premiere at the Locarno IFF 2016, this Bulgarian/Greek coproduction has been sold to over 30 territories and won 44 awards.

    Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov and Decho Taralezhkov wrote the script based on a real story. It revolves around an honest railway worker, who finds a considerable amount of money and delivers it to the police. As a reward he is offered a modern wristwatch, but his old wristwatch Slava (meaning Glory) gets lost. The worker’s persistence to regain it turns into an epic struggle for the preservation of his personal dignity.

    The main characters are played by Stefan Denlyubov and Margita Gosheva. True to their style the director’s duo mixed professional and non-professional actors.

    The film was produced by Bulgaria’s Abraxas in coproduction with Greece’s Graal Film. It was supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center and the Greek Film Centre. The Bulgarian National Television also backed the film.

    International rights are handled by Wide.