Electric Ghost Magazine
“As opposed to many other films set in the Communist era, Vitkova’s subversion of genre becomes a subversion of Bulgarian cinema’s tendency to award Communism a sense of sacracy by treating it with fearful respect. As terrible as Zhivkov’s regime was, it was also, for the most of it, filled with anecdotal absurdities. Voluntarily or not, Vitkova’s decision to leave Communism at the background, and to explore it through the spectre of a Surrealist fable, teaches us an important lesson: if we want to transcend our past, we need to be able to laugh at it.
Proving that such bravery pays off, “Viktoria” became the first Bulgarian feature film to ever premiere at Sundance. Earlier this year, the film was also listed in The New Yorker’s “My Twenty-FIve Best Films of the Century So Far“ by Richard Brody. Enamoured by “Viktoria”, we dedicate Bechdel Column’s second article to the film’s creator. In our interview, we talk to director Maya Vitkova about cinema, inspiration and her experience with the Bulgarian Film Industry. The director also told us a little bit about her new project “Afrika”