The Bulgarian selection committee chose the film GLORY by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov as a Bulgarian entry for 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Award.
A seven-member committee chaired by Prof. Alexander Grozev decided that Glory will represent Bulgaria at the 90-th American Film Academy race for Foreign-language film.
Bulgaria, Greece, 2016, 101 min
Script: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov
Directors: Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
Cinematography: Krum Rodriguez
Music: Hristo Namliev
Cast: Stefan Denolyubov, Margita Gosheva, Kitodar Todorov, Milko Lazarov, Georgy Stamenov, Ivan Savov, Hristofor Nedkov, Mira Iskarova
Production: Abraxas Film – Kristina Grozeva
Co-production: Graal Films, Screening Emotions, Aporia Filmworks, Red Carpet Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Bulgarian National Television, Greek Film Centre, Central Cooperative Union
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A railroad worker finds millions of levs on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, and the state rewards him with a new wristwatch, which proves to be a fake and stops working shortly after. Meanwhile, the head of the PR Department of the Ministry of Transport loses Petrov’s old Slava (Glory) watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to get his old watch back, as well as his dignity.
KRISTINA GROZEVA and PETAR VALCHANOV have directed, wrote and produced the short film Jump, which was nominated for the European Film Awards 2013. The Lesson is their full length debut film, awarded at festival in San Sebastian, Tokyo, Warsaw, Thessaloniki, Gothenburg, Transylvania, Sofia, etc.
Another film with Bulgarian participation – the Bulgarian minority co-production Requiem for Mrs. J by Bojan Vuletic (Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia) will compete for the foreign – language award as Serbia's choice for the race.