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Snowdrops at the End of the Train
Directed by Galina D. Georgieva
Bulgaria | 25 min | 2022
In a dystopian world, flowers have become the only source of energy. This comes at the cost of massive shortages, and only the owners of expensive energy bonds can enjoy power supply. Eva R., an employee of the Garden power station, relinquishes her most precious belonging – three fragile snowdrops – in exchange for the privilege of government-assisted suicide. Though even a smooth exit from this joyless world proves too much to hope for.
I believe that Manufactured Luck has the ability to bring positivity and optimism by telling a relatable story about the difficulties and complexities of human connection. I think it’s especially potent now as we all struggle to maintain and re-establish connections during and after a pandemic that has universally altered the way we live. Sure, the film allows us to reflect on our own past relationships with our grandparents and family. But, its more modern message is about our connection with the future and the legacy we are leaving behind. It is by far the most personal film I have ever made.
Although Manufactured Luck has no superheroes, no grand battles, and no high-intensity action sequences, I believe that it still has the power to inspire. Because there is something special about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. That’s what the Manufactured Luck team does best.
Galina D. Georgieva
Galina D. Georgieva is a Sofia-based film director, screenwriter and playwright. She was a participant in Transilvania Pitch Stop, Sarajevo Talent Campus, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market; In the Palace, a workshop, organized by Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, etc. Her short film French Cinema was part of the selection of the 23th Shanghai International Film Festival (A category) and other prestigious festivals. The script of her last short film Snowdrops at the End of the Train (2022) won first prize in the national competition of the platform Nonconformist Alternative and in the competition of Euro Connection (2019). The project was presented at Clermont-Ferrand Film Market (2020). Galina is the author of the absurdist play Asteroid 35 111, which was performed at the Municipal Theatre Vazrazhdane. Galina has been part of the European playwriting platform New Stages South-East since 2020. She won a scholarship from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture for her second play A Sunday in the Future (2021). Galina is author in the Literary Newspaper and part-time lecturer at Sofia University in MP in Literature, Cinema and Visual Arts.
Director: Galina D. Georgieva
Runtime: 25 min.
Writer: Galina D. Georgievam Decho Taralezhkov
Producer:Pavlina Jeleva, Georgy Cholakov, Irina Kitova, Ina Darova
Director of Photography: Georgi Chelebiev
Music: Mira Iskarova
Sound: Ivan Andreev