Born in Bulgaria, Ralitza lives and works between Bulgaria, England and France. She studied Fiction Directing at the National Film and Television School (UK). Her films have won her awards at festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary. She was previously awarded the Prix UIP, Best European Short Film at the Berlin IFF, and nominated for the European Film Awards. Her film By the Grace of God, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival, is currently on DVD release at the bookstores of the British Film Institute, Tate Modern, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Funded by the Women in Film Los Angeles Fund, her debut feature Godless received the Restart Award in the Work in Progress section of Sarajevo Film Festival 2015.
Bulgaria/Denmark, 2016 dir. Ralitza Petrova In a remote Bulgarian town, Gana (Irena Ivanova) is a visiting nurse who looks after elderly dementia patients while also trafficking their ID cards on the black market with her boyfriend and co-conspirator Aleko. She lives with her mother, with whom she barely speaks, and her relationship with Aleko centres on the pair’s addiction to morphine, small bottles of which Gana regularly stocks up on…Read more →