Visceral Filmmaking: Ralitza Petrova on Godless and Approaching Film as an Artist

Cinema is still only a youthful art form, and one some filmmakers will describe as an amalgamation of the other artistic mediums. To begin to understand or appreciate the emergence of cinema out of these other art forms, the perspective of a filmmaker for whom film is not their primary voice of creative expression offers an insight into the amalgamation of the forms.

Bulgarian writer-director Ralitza Petrova is in a position to offer such a perspective, finding creative expression in her youth through sculpture, fine art and poetry before discovering film. In London for a screening of her debut feature Godless (2016) at the Barbican, hosted by The New Social, the writer-director spoke with Aesthetica about approaching film as an artist.

Read the full interview at ASFF.

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