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A film by Maya Vitkova

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2014 / 155 minutes / 1.78:1
Bulgarian 5.1 with English subtitles


    Maya Vitkova’s stunning debut feature Viktoria follows three generations of women in the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the early years of the new government, focusing on reluctant mother Boryana and her daughter, Viktoria, who in one of the film's surreal, magical touches is born without an umbilical cord. Though unwanted by her mother, Viktoria is named the country’s Baby of the Decade, and is showered with gifts and attention until the disintegration of the East Bloc. Despite throwing their worlds off balance, the resulting political changes also allow for the possibility of reconciliation.

    Viktoria is both personal and universal, demonstrating a precocious command of all elements of the filmmaking process—most notably, the film’s visual sensibility and its command of a range of shifting tones, from absurdist humor to political allegory to deeply moving familial drama.

    Vitkova, named a Producer on the Move by the European Film Promotion in Cannes, wrote, produced and directed Viktoria through her own production company Viktoria Films (Bulgaria) and Anca and Cristi Puiu’s Mandragora (Romania).

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    "One of the great recent films by a woman about women...casts Vitkova to the forefront of contemporary filmmakers...a treasure of the current cinema." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

    "Clearly announces the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent." - Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

    "Viktoria envisions an entirely new grammar for female bodily functions onscreen as it bares all." - Katie Kilkenny, indiewire