One of the most impressive and idiosyncratic debuts at Sudance last year was Maya Vitkova’s stunning feature “Viktoria,” the first Bulgarian feature film to premier at the festival, and it’s finally coming to U.S. theaters thanks to Brooklyn-based Big World Pictures.
The film, already featured at several notable U.S. festivals including AFI Fest, SIFF, Chicago and RiverRun among others,
will continue on the festival circuit through the end of the year before opening theatrically in January 2016.
Here is the official synopsis:
“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. But can political collapse and the
hardship of new times finally bring Viktoria and her reluctant mother closer together?
Big World’s Jonathan Howell praised the film as “both very personal
and universal, demonstrating a precocious command of all elements of the filmmaking process. Especially
impressive is 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). She has previously collaborated with 2015 Silver Bear winner Radu Jude on two shorts, and executive produced Kamen
Kalev’s Cannes selection “Eastern Plays.”
International Sales are being handled by Viktoria World Sales and Distribution