ZHALEIKA at the Berlinale - Generation 14plus

Eliza Petkova’s first feature ZHALEIKA (Director: Eliza Petkova, Cinematography:Constanze Schmitt, Production:Tim Oliver Schultz, Svetoslav Draganov, Cécile Tollu-Polonowski) will have its world premiere at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation 14plus section.

The Berlin International Film Festival presents around 400 films every year, primarily world or European premieres, in screenings open to the general public; this year it will run from 11th to 21st February. The various sections embrace films from every genre, and of every conceivable length and format. Since 1978 the Berlinale has dedicated one section specifically to children and adolescents: Generation. The two competitions, Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, present new discoveries from international contemporary cinema that do not talk down to young people, and offer filmakers a chance to win a Glass Bear or one of the international jury prizes.

Content / Synopsis ZHALEIKA
Lora, a 17-year-old girl, is confronted with her father’s death. In her small Bulgarian village, where time seems to have stood still, her family and the other villagers expect her to abandon herself to her grief. She is supposed to wear black, stop listening to music and respect various mourning rituals. Lora however wants to keep on living life to the full. Her wish is stymied by the judgmental stares of those around her, forcing her to slip into the victimised role of an orphan.

Published on January 15, 2016