Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova (Bulgarian: Мария Бакалова [mɐˈrijɐ bɐˈkaɫovɐ]; born 4 June 1996) is a Bulgarian actress. She gained international attention for her role as Tutar Sagdiyev in the 2020 mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Maria Bakalova
Мария Бакалова
Born (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 24)[1]
Burgas, Bulgaria[1]
Occupation
  • Actress
Years active2017–present
Known forBorat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

Early lifeEdit

Bakalova was born in Burgas. She began singing lessons and playing the flute around age six.[2] Bakalova majored in drama theater at the National School of Arts in Burgas. She majored in drama at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, graduating in 2019.[3]

Acting careerEdit

Bakalova started her career acting in Bulgarian films including 2018's Transgression and 2020's Last Call.

She was cast as Tutar Sagdiyev in the mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the daughter of fictional Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev. Although initially credited as Irina Nowak, reports later revealed her involvement.[4][5][6] Fellow Bulgarian Julian Kostov connected her with casting director Nancy Bishop for the role.[7] Critics have praised Bakalova's performance, with Matt Fowler of IGN stating how "[t]he film's fantastic find, Maria Bakalova, every bit Sacha Baron Cohen’s on-screen equal, is who, and what, most people will be talking about in the wake of [the film]."[8] Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang described Bakalova's performance as "terrific", praising her portrayal of her character’s journey "with madcap energy and touching conviction".[9]

In November 2020, it was reported that Bakalova had signed up with the Creative Artists Agency.[10]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Maria Bakalova film work
Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2017 XIIa Milena Magdalena Ralcheva Film debut
2018 Angels Angela Lachezar Petrov
2018 Transgression [bg] Yana Val Todorov
2019 Due to Unforeseen Circumstances Girl in Taxi Peter Chiviyski
2019 Dream_Girl Dream_Girl Peter Chiviyski
2019 The Father Valentina
  • Kristina Grozeva
  • Petar Valchanov
2020 Last Call Alexandra Ivaylo Penchev
2020 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Tutar Sagdiyev Jason Woliner

TelevisionEdit

Maria Bakalova television work
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Tipichno Maria 4 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award nominations for Maria Bakalova
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 AltFF Alternative Film Festival[11] Best Actress Transgression Won
Queen Palm International Film Festival[11] Nominated
2020 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actress Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Nominated
Most Daring Performance Award Won
Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Most Promising Performer Nominated
Chicago Indie Critics Best Supporting Actress Won
Columbus Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Denver Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Breakout Award Runner-up
Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Won
Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Breakout of the Year Won
London Film Critics’ Circle Best Supporting Actress Pending
Music City Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Won
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
North Dakota Film Society Best Supporting Actress Won
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Pending
Philadelphia Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Runner-up
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Runner-up
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Runner-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nolan, Emma (22 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova—Borat's daughter is breakout star of Sacha Baron Cohen's special moviefilm second". Newsweek.
  2. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (November 11, 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the Breakout Star of the Borat Sequel". The New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Oré, Michella. "Who Plays Borat's Daughter?". Glamour.
  4. ^ Rosen, Christopher. "Who Plays Borat's Daughter in Borat 2? Introducing Maria Bakalova". Vanity Fair.
  5. ^ Chang, Justin (21 Oct 2020). "Review: Sacha Baron Cohen takes on Trump and coronavirus in clever, scattershot 'Borat' sequel". LA Times. Retrieved 21 Oct 2020.
  6. ^ Shoard, Catherine. "Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  7. ^ Nancy Bishop Casting (24 October 2020). "This is a special shout out to @juliankostov. Without him and his connections in Bulgaria, I never could have found Maria Bakalova for Borat. He is an actor who also excellent entrepreneurial instincts and saw a need to start an agency for Bulgarians". Retrieved 2 November 2020 – via Instagram.
  8. ^ Fowler, Matt (22 October 2020). "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Review". IGN. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  9. ^ Saad, Nardine (23 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the 'Borat' star in that Giuliani scene". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (2020-11-10). "'Borat 2' Breakout Star Maria Bakalova Signs With CAA". Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  11. ^ a b Molloy, Tim (22 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the Actress Who Plays Borat's Daughter". moviemaker.com.

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