Oscars: Bulgaria Selects 'Glory' for Foreign-Language Category

Courtesy of Antalya Film Festival

The film by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva is the story of how one man's honesty turns against him.

Bulgaria has selected Petar Valchanov's and Kristina Grozeva's Glory as its candidate for the best foreign-language Oscar.

A modern morality tale, the film is the story of a reclusive railway worker who hands in millions in cash he finds piled on the tracks. However, his honesty is only rewarded with dishonesty when a transport ministry PR woman decides to use him and the find as a diversion from a corruption scandal, turning his life upside down.

Glory, which has already won dozens of awards worldwide since its international premiere in Locarno last year, including best international feature at this year's Edinburgh film festival, was described by The Hollywood Reporter''s Jordan Mintzer as "a gripping dark comedy that turns unnervingly tragic in its final stages."

The film, the second feature from Valchanov and Grozeva, who also wrote the script, is produced by Abraxas Film, Graal Films, Screening Emotions, Aporia Filmworks and Red Carpet.

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Bulgaria has been submitting films to the Academy Awards since 1970 but had never won an Oscar. In 2010 Stephan Komandarev's The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner made the January shortlist.