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Stanka Se Pribira Vkashti

When Stanka Atanasova, an elderly and sick woman, enters her block of flats, she discovers that the elevator is out of order. Stanka must use the stairs to get to the ninth floor, and what for most of us is a simple task, becomes a challenge for her.

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While in preparation for Stanka Goes Home, I was taking my grandmother for walks. She is 80 and lives on the 4th floor. There is no elevator (old building) and she cannot get down and climb the stairs alone. It’s both funny and sad - if my family didn’t care, as the majority of Bulgarians do not about their old relatives, she would stay locked. Thinking of Stanka, I asked her what was going to happen if she had to climb 9 floors instead of 4. She replied: I’d die. - What from? From death, my grandmother said.

While I was living in Berlin once the elevator went out of order. Having an elevator broken in Bulgaria is a nightmare – it means there will be endless phone calls, quarrels and discussions and you’d wait for weeks for them to fix it. I called the landlord, thinking he’d come in the following days, i.e. quicker - it’s Germany. He came in 15 minutes, fixed the elevator and left, apologizing for the inconvenience.

I notice both the demolition of the Berlin wall (9 November 1989), and the collapse of Communism in Bulgaria (10 November 1989). Although the difference was a single day, there are still ages separating us. Here, in Bulgaria, people still die from death.

As the writer Radu Jude said, Stanka Goes Home is a story about being humiliated by life and about loneliness. Sadly enough, this is how we’ll end up one day.
road movie indoors

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Copyright © 2010 Viktoria Films

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Previous screenings

2010
International Critics' Week
13 May – 21 May | Cannes, France
1 Jun – 6 Jun | Toronto, Canada
Hamburg International Short Film Festival
1 Jun – 7 Jun | Hamburg, Germany
Huesca Film Festival
4 Jun – 12 Jun | Huesca, Spain
23 Jul – 31 Jul | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
12 Aug – 16 Aug | Weiterstadt, Germany
International Shortfilm Festival of Bueu
6 Sep – 11 Sep | Bueu, Spain
Golden Rose Festival | 2010
2 Oct – 8 Oct | Varna, Bulgaria
Essonne European Film Festival
8 Oct – 23 Oct | Ris Orangis, France
Filmini International Short Film Festival | 2010
13 Oct – 17 Oct | Sofia, Bulgaria
La Boca del Lobo International Short Film Festival
20 Oct – 30 Oct | Madrid, Spain
Cinemed: Montpellier International Mediterranean Film Festival
22 Oct – 31 Oct | Montpellier, France
16 Nov – 20 Nov | Jordan
Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival
20 Nov – 24 Nov | Tallinn, Estonia
3 Dec – 12 Dec | Thessaloniki, Greece
3 Dec – 7 Dec | Aguilar de Campoo, Spain
13 Dec – 18 Dec | Tirana, Albania
2011
Stuttgarter Filmwinter | 2011
20 Jan – 23 Jan | Stuttgart, Germany
Athens International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo
7 Feb – 13 Feb | Athens, Greece
Semana Internacional del Cortometraje San Roque | 2011
14 Feb – 18 Feb | San Rogue, Spain
18 Feb – 25 Feb | La Louvière, Belgium
Ljubljana International Short Film Festival
14 Mar – 16 Mar | Ljubljana, Slovenia
International Short Film Week Regensburg
16 Mar – 23 Mar | Regensburg, Germany
Ankara International Film Festival
17 Mar – 27 Mar | Ankara, Turkey
6 Apr – 10 Apr | Bucharest, Romania
Helsinki Short Cuts | 2011
9 Apr – 10 Apr | Helsinki, Finland
See a Paris: South-East European Film Festival
12 Apr – 17 Apr | Paris, France
Balkan Film Bazaar Oslo | 2011
12 Apr | Oslo, Norway
12 Apr – 17 Apr | Dresden, Germany
14 Apr – 17 Apr | Brussels, Belgium
22 Apr – 28 Apr | Athens, United States
25 Apr – 6 May | Lanzarote, Spain
25 May – 29 May | Paris, France
25 Jun – 30 Jun | Peja, Kosovo
1 Jul – 9 Jul | Trieste, Italy
Lume International Film Festival | 2011
14 Jul – 23 Jul | São Luís, Brazil
2 Sep – 4 Sep | Lausanne, Switzerland
29 Sep – 2 Oct | Naoussa, Greece
5 Oct – 23 Oct | Luxembourg, Luxembourg
6 Oct – 9 Oct | Ahmedabad, India
Alter-Native International Short Film Festival
9 Nov – 13 Nov | Mures County, Romania
16 Nov – 20 Nov | Bristol, United Kingdom
Almería en corto: International Short Film Festival
5 Dec – 9 Dec | Almería, Spain

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