Living alone with only his rabbits as companions, bearded railway linesman Tsanko Petrov discovers millions of lev on the train tracks. When he decides to report the money rather than pocketing it, his coworkers label him the "fool of the nation", but the Ministry of Transport - currently embroiled in their own scandal regarding a carriage resell scam - take the opportunity to parade about their new hero on TV and at an award ceremony. Little do they know that Tsanko, however, is a loser who suffers from a debilitating stutter and might not be the best exemplar of Bulgarian honesty and responsibility on TV. But compared to the intense and driven Julia Staikova, the ministry's head of PR, who treats him like used piece of tissue paper and sees herself as surrounded by retards, he's an outright angel sent from heaven. When Julia removes his watch - the titular Slava, Tsanko's Rosebud, inscribed and presented to him by his father - for the ceremony in order to present him with a new and improved digital model, it sets off a frequently hilarious chain of events that threatens to bring down the ministry thanks to a combination of corruption, irresponsibility and arrogance. All of this transpires while Julia is undergoing embryonic fertilization treatment which, to the annoyance of her husband, she treats as yet another irritation. Grozeva and Valchanov stage and film these outlandish, yet entirely probable events with an accomplished fluidity, creating a pointed work that illustrates the complete separation of a government and the citizens it's engaged to serve. "Shot with flexible naturalism by Krum Rodriguez (director of photography on 'Victoria' as well as 'The Lesson'), the film quietly builds to a feeling of inexorable disaster, guided by terrific performances as well as spot-on editing. Visually, 'Glory' hones to the kind of omnipresent realism that could remind some viewers that Bulgaria and Romania occasionally share more than just a geographical border." (Variety) "The film once again takes a simple incident and allows the escalating consequences to unfold, stoking a growing sense of unease and outrage in the viewer. Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov have a rare ability to make gripping, politically charged drama that is entirely accessible." (Screendaily) "From the straightforward opening, 'Glory' borrows a page from the Frank Capra playbook of working class men thrust into the limelight and disoriented by forces beyond their control." (Indiewire)
Creditsdirector: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
composer: Hristo Namliev
producer: Kristina Grozeva
screenplay: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov & Decho Taralezhkov
Editor: Petar Valchanov
Cinematography: Krum Rodriguez
production company: Abraxas Film
More infodialogue: Bulgarian
subtitles: Dutch subt.
country: Bulgaria - Greece
KRISTINA GROZEVA (1976): Toshka i Toshko (2004, short), Last Shepherd-Girl (2005, short), Game (2006, short), Birds of Heaven (2008, short), Gap (2009, short), Avariyno katzane (2010), Jump (2012, short), Reki bez mostove (2013), The Lesson (2014), Glory (2016). PETAR VALCHANOV: Vazkresenie (2004, short), Uloveni (2005, short), Family Therapy (2008, short), Avariyno katzane (2010), Jump (2012, short), Reki bez mostove (2013), The Lesson (2014), Glory (2016).