World Dramatic


Bulgarian with English subtitles, 2013, 155 minutes, color, Bulgaria/Romania

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?

Told in three parts and spanning several decades, Viktoria is both intimate and epic, unfolding a mother-daughter story while also working as a wry, philosophical fable with broad historical scope. A bright talent, filmmaker Maya Vitkova employs a storytelling style that is dramatically compelling, visually inventive, and full of playful figurative devices, metaphors, and ironies. At the same time, Viktoria finds its emotion and lyricism in its characters’ need to give and receive love. Representing a new generation of Eastern European filmmakers, Vitkova offers a fresh, personal perspective on the hopes and dreams of her parents’ generation, and her own.

Director: Maya Vitkova

Screenwriter: Maya Vitkova

Producer: Maya Vitkova

Cinematographer: Krum Rodriguez

Composer: Kaloyan Dimitrov

Sound Designer: Kamen Atanasov

Editor: Alexander Etimov

Co-producer: Anca Puiu

Principal Cast: Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova, Kalina Vitkova, Mariana Krumova, Dimo Dimov, Georgi Spassov

About the Director

Maya Vitkova is a Bulgarian writer, director, and producer born in Sofia in 1978. Until 2006, she worked in film as an assistant and casting director. In 2009, she executive-produced Kamen Kalev's feature Eastern Plays, which premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and was Bulgaria’s candidate for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards in 2011. Beginning in 2009, Vitkova founded Viktoria Films, a company focused on producing independent films. Viktoria is her debut feature as director.


1/19/2014 9:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1/21/2014 9:45 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 3, SLC
1/22/2014 8:30 am
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 9:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 12:00 pm
Temple Theatre, Park City