Golden Globe nominated 24-year-old Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova joins us at the BFI Future Film Festival 2021 to discuss her extraordinary career and breakout role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, which launched on Amazon to critical acclaim.

Since the film’s release in October 2020 and as a result of her strong performance as Borat’s daughter, Tutar, Maria has been awarded Best Supporting Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle, London Film Critics’ Circle, National Society of Film Critics (US), Florida Film Critics Circle, Chicago Film Critics Association, Boston Online Film Critics Association, and Indiana Film Journalists Association. Most recently, Maria has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Motion Picture, in this year’s SAG Awards, and Best Supporting Actress for the 2021 Critics’ Choice Awards.

It has recently been announced that Maria will be joining the cast of Judd Apatow’s pandemic comedy, The Bubble. The story follows a group of actors stuck in a pandemic bubble attempting to complete a studio franchise film. The cast also includes Guardians of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan and The Mandalorian headliner Pedro Pascal.

Maria can also be seen in the feature film Transgression (2018), which has earned her a Best Actress award at the Toronto Alternative Film Festival 2018.

Maria’s feature film The Father won the Grand Prix Crystal Globe award at the 54th Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2019, and is Bulgaria’s Oscar submission for best foreign-language film 2021. Her last film, the romantic comedy Last Call, won the Audience Award at the renowned Golden Rose Film Festival 2020, also earning her another Best Actress nomination. Maria has completed filming on her latest feature, Women Do Cry, directed by the Berlinale award-winning duo Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova.

Host: Rhianna Dhillon – broadcaster and film critic