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March 31—April 6, 2017

Chicago Theatrical


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Film still: Glory Film still: Glory
Don Quixote Award—Special Mention
Golden Leopard
Locarno Intl Film Fest
"A damning portrait of contemporary Bulgarian society... the film quietly builds to a feeling of inexorable disaster, guided by terrific performances as well as spot-on editing"
"A gripping dark comedy that turns unnervingly tragic in its final stages... Directed with wit and structural precision"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Absorbing... confidently directed and performed"
"Tense and insightful"
  —Screen International

Writer/directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (The Lesson, Facets Cinémathèque 2015) are back with another blistering and complex moral tale from contemporary Bulgaria that uses the extraordinary performers from their debut film in strikingly different roles.

Tsanko, a reclusive railway worker finds a huge pile of cash abandoned on the track and he does the right thing by calling the police. However, when he reports the money rather than pocketing it, his coworkers label him the "fool of the nation," but the propaganda-hungry Ministry of Transport, currently embroiled in a scandal, takes the opportunity to parade about their new hero. Little do they know that Tsanko suffers from a debilitating stutter and might not be the best exemplar of Bulgarian honesty and responsibility on TV. Hailed as a model citizen, he is rewarded with a new watch and promptly hustled into the spotlight. Amid the media circus, the reluctant hero's beloved old watch, a gift from his father, goes missing and when his struggle to reclaim it is ignored by the Ministry's calculating PR queen (the amazing Margita Gosheva, The Lesson). A darkly comedic, sharply satirical, as well as a completely unexpected morality tale ensues that offers a savvy dissection of class and power in contemporary Bulgaria, where corruption and bureaucracy are part of the system. Glory is a mysterious journey of one man's race against time to expose the truth and regain his dignity.

Directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria/Greece, 2016, 101 mins. In Bulgarian with English subtitles.


  • Fri., March 31 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., April 1 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., April 2 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., April 3–6 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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