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Author: Ela Bittencourt

THE “OTHER” EUROPE

With a large influx of immigrants and refugees into Western Europe and the anti-immigrant sentiment on the rise, there is more reason than ever to tell stories about “the other Europe.” Fittingly, this year’s main competition at the Locarno Film Festival included two Bulgarian films—Glory, coproduced with Greece and directed by Kristina Grozeva and Peter Valchanov, and Godless, a Bulgarian-French-Danish coproduction, directed by Ralitza Petrova. The third powerful offering in the main slate, Marija, directed by Swiss filmmaker Michael Koch, tells a story of a Ukrainian immigrant struggling to find stability in Germany. All three films feature strong female...

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