Director: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Cast: Margita Gosheva, Stefan Denolyubov
Language: Bulgarian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Bulgaria-Greece 2016 101 mins. (12A)
Winner Best International Feature Film Edinburgh Film Festival 2017
Released by New Wave Films
Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s follow-up to The Lesson is a social parable about a humble man who gets unwillingly promoted, and ends up sacrificed. Bearded railway linesman Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov) discovers millions of lev on the train tracks. When he reports the money rather than pocketing it, his co-workers label him the “fool of the nation,” but the Ministry of Transport—currently embroiled in a scandal—takes the opportunity to parade their new hero. Little do they know that Tsanko is a loser who suffers from a debilitating stutter and might not be the best exemplar of Bulgarian honesty and responsibility on TV.
But compared to the intense and driven Julia Staikov (the amazing Margita Gosheva), he’s an angel sent from heaven. When Julia removes his watch—the titular Glory, inscribed and presented to him by his father—for the ceremony to present him with an improved digital model, it sets off a chain of events that threatens to bring down the Ministry thanks to a combination of corruption, irresponsibility and arrogance.. New Wave Films.