Irish Film Institute -GLORY


Director: Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov

101 mins, Bulgaria-Greece, 2016, Digital, Subtitled

This film was released 9th February 2018, and is no longer screening.

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

★★★★★ Irish Times 
★★★★ Guardian

A biting satire of class, power and corruption in contemporary Bulgarian society, Glory is the second feature from filmmaking duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov following The Lesson, their exemplary 2014 début.

When railway linesman Tzanko stumbles upon a mysterious pile of cash on the train tracks, he reports it to the authorities, incurring the ire of his less honest colleagues in the process. The Ministry of Transport, currently embroiled in a scandal, seizes the opportunity and hires PR guru Julia Staykova to spin the story and manufacture a hero out of the humble Tzanko, who suffers from a debilitating stutter. When Julia removes his watch – a Russian made Slava (Glory), inscribed by his father – for the ceremony to present him with a new model, it sets off a chain of events that threatens to bring down the Ministry. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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