Magazine article Screen International

Bulgaria’s 'Godless' Wins Top Prize at CPH PIX

Magazine article Screen International

Bulgaria’s 'Godless' Wins Top Prize at CPH PIX

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CPH PIX's New Talent Grand PIX has been awarded to Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova for her film Godless.

The film, which is co-produced by new Danish production company Snowglobe, previously won the Golden Leopard in Locarno. It tells the story of a young physiotherapist struggling to survive in an economically depressed mountain town in post-Communist Bulgaria, who forms an unlikely bond with one of her elderly patients.

The New Talent Grand PIX - awarded for a debut feature - comes with $11,000 (euro10,000); the jury was comprised of director Philippe Grandrieux (France), producer Erika Wasserman (Sweden) and DoP Manuel Alberto Claro (Denmark) [pictured with director Petrova].

In a statement, the jury said, "We were looking for a film-maker and talent who is not afraid to grab the world with the possibilities of cinema itself and use all its means to invite us inside this process. In such kind of cinema, there is no hierarchy: a scene of eating a soup is shot with the same intensity as a scene of a sex orgy. That is why we have decided to award the New Talent Grand PIX to the daring and interesting voice whose future films we are looking forward to - Ralitza Petrova."

The award to the best children's film, which comes with $3,300 (euro3,000), went to Alexandra Therese Keining's Girls Lost, from Sweden. The jury was aged 11 to 14 and said, "The taboo themes surrounding gender identity and sexuality are relevant for most teenagers. The film stays engaging and entertaining to the end. …

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