Zhaleika / Жалейка
Germany 2016

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directed by Eliza Petkova, coming-of-age drama, 92 min, eng subtitles written by Eliza Petkova
with Anna Manolova, Snezhina Petrova, Mihail Stoyanov, Maria Klecheva, Stoyko Ivanov

Friday 21.10.2016 - 18.30, Neimënster (Salle Krieps)

Lora, a 17-year-old girl, is living in a small Bulgarian village where time seems to stand still and old traditions and habits are taken for granted. After her father dies, her family and the villagers expect her to give herself over to grief, wearing a special scarf as a sign of mourning (zhaleika), refrain from listening to music, and so on. She is even expected to play the role of an orphan. All this is very difficult for a teenage girl, who wants to keep on enjoying her youth and live a normal life. Is she capable of disregarding the traditions and judgements that her family and the villagers are imposing on her? This family drama is a debut feature of the Bulgarian director Eliza Petkova resulting from a common project of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and the new Bulgarian University. The film had its premiere at this year’s Berlinale, and received a Special Mention.

Berlin IFF 2016 (Special Mention of the Generation 14plus International Jury for Feature Film)
Sofia IFF 2016 (Grand Prix Award for Best Film)

Une jeune fille de 17 ans, Lora, est confrontée à la mort de son père. Dans son petit village bulgare où le temps semble s'être arrêté, sa famille et les autres villageois attendent qu'elle exprime sa douleur sans retenue. Mais Lora veut continuer à profiter de sa jeunesse et vivre une vie normale – pourra-t-elle ignorer les vieilles traditions et le jugement des villageois ?

Berlin IFF 2016 (Mention spéciale de la génération 14 plus Jury International pour Feature Film)
Sofia IFF 2016 (Grand Prix du Meilleur Film)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkbuFcZzPBs http://www.dffb.de/html/en/films/film/491 http://cineuropa.org/f.aspx?t=film&l=en&did=303791 http://cineuropa.org/id.aspx?t=filmography&l=en&did=303792