Maya Vitkova’s stunning debut feature Viktoria follows three generations of women in the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the early years of the new government, focusing on reluctant mother Boryana and her daughter, Viktoria, who in one of the film’s surreal, magical touches is born without an umbilical cord. Though unwanted by her mother, Viktoria is named the country’s Baby of the Decade, and is showered with gifts and attention until the disintegration of the East Bloc. Despite throwing their worlds off balance, the resulting political changes also allow for the possibility of reconciliation. Viktoria is both personal and universal, demonstrating a precocious command of all elements of the filmmaking process—most notably, the film’s visual sensibility and its command of a range of shifting tones, from absurdist humor to political allegory to deeply moving familial drama.
directed by: Maya Vitkova
starring: Irmena Chichikova; Daria Vitkova; Kalina Vitkova; Mariana Krumova; Dimo Dimov
2014 / 155 min / 2.39:1 / Bulgarian 5.1 Dolby
- Region A Blu-ray
- “Making of…” documentary
- Commentary with Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
- English subtitles