Interview with Ralitza Petrova
Ralitza Petrova was born on 23 January, 1976 in Bulgaria but has been living and working between Sofia, Paris and London. She graduated visual arts at the University of the Arts, London and then specialzied film directing at the British National Film and Television School. Her films have been highly successful at the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian and others, as well as on a number of visual art platforms such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She is holder of the Prix UIP for best European short film at the Berlinale film festival for her film Rotten apple, receiving a nomination for the European Film Awards (EFA) in the same category. Her latest film By the Grace of God was officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and is distributed on DVD by the British Film Institute, Tate Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
In 2013 Ralitza Petrova’s film project Godless was selected for the Creative England’s Elevator Programme 2013, Le Groupe Ouest 2013 and TorinoFilmLab’s FrameWork 2013, where it won a grand prix for production.
At the Sarajevo International film Festival in 2015 Godless received the Restart award for a project in pre-production.
At Locarno International Film Festival 2016 Godless received Golden Leopard Award for Best Film, The Best Actress Award for Irena Ivanova, The Ecumenical Jury Prize and The Boccalino D’oro Independent Critics’ Award for Best Director.
At the Sarajevo International Film Festival 2016 Godless received Special Jury Prize and the Best Actress Award Heart of Sarajevo for Irena Ivanova
Rotten apple – short (2005)
Prix UIP Award for best European short film, Berlinale, 2015,
European Film Awards nomination for best short film.
By the Grace of God (2009)
participation in Cannes Film Festival, 2009
Locarno International Film Festival, 2016:
Golden L eopard Award for Best Film
The Best Actress Award for Irena Ivanova
The Ecumenical Prize
The Boccalino D’oro Independent Critics’ Award for Best Director
Sarajevo International Film Festival, 2016:
Special J ury P rize
B est A ctress Award “Heart of Sarajevo” for Irena Ivanova
34th Bulgarian Feature Film Festival Golden Rose, 2016
Grand Prix Golden Rose for best full-length feature film
Award for Best Film Director for Ralitsa Petrova
Award for Best C inematography for Krum Rodriguez
Award for Best Actress for Irena Ivanova
Award for Best Actor for Ivan Nalbantov
shared with Dimitar Nikolov for his role in the film "Christo"
Bronze Horse Award For Best Film and Best Actress Award for Irena Ivanova - 27th international film festival in Stockholm, Sweden.
FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut From Eastern Europe - 32th International Warsaw Film Festival
Golden Puffin For Best Film - 11th Reykjavík International Film Festival
Best Film Director Award - 11 Batumi International Art-house Film Festival in Georgia, 2016
New Talent Grand Pix - Cph Pix 2016 In Copenhagen, Denmark
21st Sofia International Film Festival
Sofia City of Film Grand Prix Award for best film in the International Competition for first and second films
The Award for Best Bulgarian feature film
Best Director – 15th International Cyprus Film Days Festival 2017
Photos and articles
- Restart Award - Godless Ralitza Petrova / Rossitsa Valkanova
- Ralitza Petrova in pre-production with Godless
- PRODUCTION: Ralitza Petrova in Postproduction with Godless
- Edinburgh International Film Festival - Trailblazer Profiles
- Close-Up Film Filmmaking
- Rotten Apple in Berlin
- TorinoFilmLab interview 2014
- Godless: Locarno Review
- Pardo d'oro: Godless – Ralitza Petrova
- Cineuropa - Godless: Is redemption possible?
- Screendaily - Godless: Locarno Review