Bulgarian-Greek film “Glory” (“Слава”) by directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov has won several awards at the 54th edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón, an important film festival in Spain. The movie received the awards for “Best Feature Film”, the “Best Screenplay” and the “Critic’s Choice” prize.
“Glory” was one of 15 films which competed at the festival, and one of four finalists. The jury of five praised the “realism of a very human story” and “its sarcastic look at corruption in all spheres of society through a simple, but powerful story that exposes universal themes related to the class struggle.”
Corruption and class differences in Bulgarian society is what the movie is about. Railway worker Tsanko Petrov finds a bag with a huge sum of money on the tracks, somewhere in Bulgaria. His mistake: He reports the find to the authorities. A woman at the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport uses Petrov to deflect from an existing corruption story.
According to director Valchanov, an event reported in the Bulgarian press inspired the film.
The leading roles are played by the excellent actors Stefan Denolyubov (as Tsanko Petrov) and Margarita Gosheva (as Julia Staykova from the Ministry of Transport).
The jury at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón was also convinced by “the way realism was approached” and the fact that “Glory” was “a great film made with a small budget.”
Before being awarded in Spain, “Glory” has won prizes and special mentions at the Film Fest Gent, the “KineNova” festival in Macedonia (“Best Film”), the Hamptons International Film Festival (“Best Narrative Feature Film”) the Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival (several awards), the Avvantura Film Festival in Croatia (“Grand Prix”) and at the Locarno International Film Festival.