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Viktoria (2016)

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Dreaming of the West, Boryana is determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. Nonetheless, her daughter Viktoria enters the world in 1979, curiously missing a belly button, and is declared the country's Baby of the Decade. Pampered by her mother state until the age of nine, Viktoria's decade of notoriety comes crashing down with the rest of European communism. But can political collapse and the hardship of new times finally bring Viktoria and her reluctant mother closer together?

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Daria Vitkova
as Viktoria (2nd age)
Kalina Vitkova
as Viktoria (3rd age)
Simeon Tsolov
as Stefcho (2nd age)
Ivo Karamanski
as Stefcho (3rd age)
Miroslav Pashov
as Socialist Man
Georgi Spasov
as Todor Zhivkov
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The film coheres and builds momentum, its striking images in the service of a poetic narrative.

August 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is writer-director Maya Vitkova's first feature and she deftly blends the mundane, the operatic and the bittersweet.

July 22, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The symbolism is milked dry. It doesn't help that all of the actors, including Katerina Angelova as the young Viktoria and Irmena Chichikova as her hard-bitten mother, seem near-catatonic.

June 10, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Inventively surreal virtues mark Maya Vitkova's ambitious debut feature as the arrival of a bracing cinematic talent.

June 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Long on portentous symbolism and short on coherent storytelling.

May 12, 2016 | Full Review…

A powerful maternal melodrama spanning three generations of implacable women bound by blood, spilled milk and the tumult of a world in transition.

April 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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