Remember the belly button thing? Well, under Communism, you really don’t need a mother or a father as the state will take care of you. Hence, when she was born, Viktoria had no belly button. One of the fun proceeding scenes (the actual birthing scene rivaled the abortion scene in the film The Tribe) was Viktoria’s mother lying in the bathtub, when all of a sudden a mass of blood is released from her vagina, symbolizing, of course, the mother and daughter’s separation and the losing, to the state, of their connection through their umbilical cord.
There was so much symbolism in the film that, if I saw something I did not understand, I assumed that it really meant something else. The day that the Communist regime fell, Viktoria climbed a tree and fell; upon awakening, she had become a different person. Yes, some examples of the film’s symbolism were a bit heavy handed, but others were quite poetic and still others were true to the visions of the people of Bulgaria (of that time).
Another scene not found in most Hollywood movies: the ritual bathing of Viktoria’s grandmother after her death. The grandmother had died in bed in her nightgown so Viktoria and her mother simply cut away her gown and underpants and then sponge-bathed her, completely. One could understand how, if this had been a real dead person rather than a live actor, how such a ritual cleaning, after the release of bodily fluids, would spread Ebola.
Basically this film showed how people lived under Communism, how it changed them, how some did not change, how some longed for change and how all, in different ways, reacted to their own changes and the changes of others. The reason why one goes to film festivals – to see life as others know it.
For a description of every film’s plot, as well as show times, please go to:
|Type of Film:||Narrative Feature|
|Produced By:||Maya Vitkova|
|Editing By:||Alexander Etimov|
|Production Design by:||Rin Yamamura|
|Music By:||Kaloyan Dimitrov|