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SEEfest17 Feature Program: Glory
April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Los Angeles Premiere
Directors/Producers: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Duration: 101 minutes
Country: Bulgaria, Greece
In a follow-up feature to their internationally acclaimed The Lesson Bulgarian directing team Grozeva & Valchanov focus on a quiet, undemonstrative railway worker who happens to find millions of cash on the tracks. His decision to report the find to the police triggers disturbingly hilarious chain of events that threatens to expose corruption scandal cover up.
Winner of 19 awards at international festivals including Best Film in Kolkata, Hamptons, Boulder, Gijon, special mentions and nominations for top prizes in Locarno and Ghent, and other awards.
Kristina Grozeva graduated from Sofia State University and worked as a journalist for Bulgarian TV before she decided to enroll at the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts (Sofia, Bulgaria) to study film directing. Her student short films won several awards at international student film festivals, among them Best Fiction Debut at the Bulgarian Film Academy Awards 2008 for Birds of Heaven; Special Mention of the Jury at the International Student Film Festival, Casablanca, Morocco 2009; and Special Mention of the Jury at the Media School International Film Festival, Lodz 2009. She also won Best Short Film Under 10 Minutes at the International Student Film Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay, and the Best Film of International One-Minute Film Festival (FILMINUTE, UK, 2007) for Game.
Petar Valchanov was born in 1982 in Plovdiv. He graduated art school in his hometown in 2000 before moving to Sofia to study film directing at the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts (2002). His first short film Shock was in the student program at Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2001, while his subsequent shorts – Resurrection, Captured and Family Therapy – have been shown around the world and recognized with several awards. Valchanov directed the documentary, Parable of Life (2009), and the TV movie, Forced Landing (2010), together with Kristina Grozeva, which marked the beginning of a permanent collaboration. Grozeva and Valchanov’s short film, Jump, was nominated for the European Film Awards 2013 at Clermont – Ferrand, making it the first Bulgarian short ever nominated for the EFA. Jump won the Grand Prix at Brussels SFF 2013, the Excellence Award for Best Picture at Busan, and Best Short Film by the Bulgarian Film Academy in 2013, among others. The Lesson is their feature debut, which won multiple awards at San Sebastian, Tokyo, Warsaw, Thessaloniki, Gothenburg, Transylvania, Sofia and many others.