Godless

Dir.: Ralitza Petrova | Bulgaria, Denmark, France 2016 | 99 min

The Bulgarian debutant Ralitza Petrova won the prestigious Grand Prize at this year's film festival in Locarno for her uncompromising film 'Godless'. Gana works at a home for demented elderly, but actually makes a living (and supports her escalating morphine addiction) by stealing the old inhabitants' ID cards and selling them on the black market. Everyone is sedated in 'Godless', either by drugs, dementia or their own nihilistic bluntness. Not even when one of Gana's patients dies during an attack does she lose her composure. But when she one day hears one of her older patients sing, she starts to wake up – and this is when things start going wrong. Ralitza Petrova charts the same moral depths as Tarr, Bartas and Kelemen, but her vision is distinct and the pitch-black underworld she evokes is firmly rooted in reality. Petrova has won many points among cinephile audiences for shooting on 35mm film in the classic 4:3 aspect ratio. A new film artist has made her entrance.

Original Title
Godless
Country
Bulgaria, Denmark, France
Release Year
2016
Duration
99 min.
Directors
Ralitza Petrova
Producer
Rossitsa Valkanova, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors
Script
Cast
Irena Ivanova, Ivan Nalbantov, Ventzislav Konstantinov, Alexandr Triffonov, Dimitar Petkov
Camera
Krum Rodriguez
Sound
Momchil Bozhkov, Peter Albrechtsen
Editor
Donka Ivanova, Ralitza Petrova
Production Company
KLAS Film
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
4
Sighs
7
Laughs
1
Look
4
Food for thought
6