Godless • 1h 39m
Directed by Ralitza Petrova • 2016 • Bulgaria
Ralitza Petrova’s uncompromising portrait of Bulgarian society’s spiritual decline is one of the most vital films to emerge from the Balkans in the last decade. First-time actor Irena Ivanova is impassively impressive as Gana, a social care nurse who sells the identities of her elderly patients on the black market in order to fund her morphine addiction. Can her tentative connection to a former dissident drag her out of her stupor? As Petrova peels back the layers of moral degradation that ensnare Gana, her character study becomes an indictment of post-socialist corruption. Drawing on thriller and noir conventions as well as the social realist tradition of neighbouring Romania, Godless is a bracingly bitter watch.
GODLESS • БЕЗБОГ
Written and directed by Ralitza Petrova
Cinematography by Krum Rodriguez and Chayse Irvin
Starring: Irena Ivanova, Ventzislav Konstantinov, Ivan Nalbantov
In Bulgarian with English subtitles
Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film at the Locarno International Film Festival, 2016
Up Next in Godless
Watch the trailer for Ralitza Petrova’s Locarno-winning crime drama Godless, streaming on Klassiki from 2-23 March.