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by Eliza Petkova


For Lora, growing up in a Bulgarian village is a mixture of monumental tedium and hesitant desire. Her existence is determined by rigid religious and social customs, until a radical break drives her to the borders of the small community and beyond. The director captures the claustrophobia of a small town and the vastness of a clever young woman’s emotional world in images which remain with the viewer long after the credits have rolled.

international title: Zhaleika
original title: Zhaleika
country: Germany
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Eliza Petkova
film run: 92'
screenplay: Eliza Petkova
cast: Anna Manolova, Snezhina Petrova, Mihail Stoyanov, Maria Klecheva, Stoyko Ivanov, Boyana Georgieva, Asya popova, Márton Nagy
cinematography by: Constanze Schmitt
film editing: Hannes Marget, Eliza Petkova
art director: Hristina Dyakova, Janet Ivanova
costumes designer: Waris Klampfer
music: Hannes Marget
producer: Svetoslav Draganov, Tim Oliver Schultz, Cécile Tollu-Polonowski
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