Bulgaria, 2011, 86 min., Drama
Directed by Konstantin Bojanov
Starring: Anjela Nedyalkova, Ovanes Torosyan, Martin Brambach, Iossif SarchadJiev, Bruno S., Svetlana Yancheva, Nikolay Urumov, Elena Rainova, Krasimir Dokov
While hitchhiking to the funeral of his best friend, Kamen meets the 17-year-old Ave. With each ride, Avé invents new identities for them, and gets Kamen deeper and deeper into trouble. Reluctantly drawn into this adventure, Kamen begins to fall in love with the fleeting Ave.
I Am You
Bulgaria, 2012, 119 min., Drama
Directed by Peter Popzlatev
Starring: Jeanette Spassova, Irmena Chichikova, Milyana Lenak, Deyan Donkov, Zahari Baharov, Vladimir Karamazov, Ovanes Torosyan
Through two unique female personas the film suggests a metaphysical idea of the present as ever recurring, since the temptations, which the human soul faces, are always the same. But any choice can be made only after the experience of the past is passed on and shared with a kindred spirit in the present. Such is the nature of the relationship between Adriana, the femme fatale of 1938, and the innocent Yura of 2008.
Faith, Love and Whisky
Bulgaria-USA, 2012, 75 min., Drama
Directed by Kristina Nikolova
Starring: Ana Stoyanovska, Valeri Yordanov, Yavor Baharov, Lidia Indzhova
A young Bulgarian woman flees her dream life in America to return home to her passionate, but self-destructive friend Val. But when her fiance, Scott, shows up unexpectedly, she has to choose between a secure future and a doomed love.
Bulgaria, 2012, 110 min., Drama
Directed by Kiril Stankov
Starring: Kasiel Noah Asher, Paraskeva Dzhukelova, Yana Titova, Ovanes Torosyan, Filip Avramov
Dju (39) meets her old friend Dana (40), who has just returned to Bulgaria after being abroad for a long time. They head for the sea. On the road they meet Lilly (30), a friend of Dju’s, who joins them. In Krapetz, the northernmost village on the Black Sea coast, they find the peace and harmony they are looking for. But soon this idyll comes to an end. Past conflicts are rekindled. The women discover things they were hiding from each other.
Bulgaria-Russia, 2012, 116 min., Drama
Directed by Mihail Pandoursky
Starring: Georgi Staykov, Iva Gocheva (debut), Stefan Danailov, Naum Shopov, Boyka Velkova, Valentin Ganev, Stoyan Aleksiev, Emilia Radeva and principal dancers of The Sofia National Opera.
The world-famous conductor Anton Horn has to overcome conflicts, while preparing the performance of a new musical piece based on the myth about Prometheus. His life changes when he meets Dorothea - a young girl with extraordinary abilities, who is hiding from the police. She leads him into an unknown world, where he experiences supernatural powers, including the magic of flying.
Bulgaria, 2011, 90 min., Music, Mockumentary
Directed by Yassen Grigorov
Starring: Dessi Slava, Boris Kovachev, Kalin Hristov, Svetoslav Slaveykov, Yordan Kochev
Little-Big is a musical film blending music styles while documenting the conversation between the members of a split thrash metal band. Specifically shot music videos of Bulgarian performers map the story of the band. The folk star, Dessi Slava mingles her story with that of the thrashers, unveiling her relationship with one of the band’s members. The question is whether the film is documentary or fictional?
Austria-Bulgaria, 2012, 102 min., Drama
Directed by Anja Salomonowitz
Starring: Grégoire Colin, Tatjana Alexander, Cornelius Obonya, Lukas Miko
A foreigner unintentionally stranded in Austria is trying everything to get to his original destination of Spain. A restorer who earns money on the side by painting icons has had enough of her ex-husband’s intrusions. He is searching for the right words to get her back whilst sniffing around in the private lives of mixed marriage couples as part of his job as a police officer. A gambling addict is hoping for assistance from a dubious financial institution. All of them are in search of happiness. But there is always a price for happiness.
Bulgaria, 2011, 101 min., Drama
Directed by Iliya Kostov
Starring: Lilia Maravilla, Robert Yanakiev, Bogomil Spirov, Velizar Velichkov-Vizo, Stefan Popov, Dosyo Dosev, Vasil Banov, Iriney Konstantinov
A hundred-year-old church that regularly emerges only to be submerged again by the waters of a huge dam is the venue, where Father Zlatan is trying to organize a gathering of the surviving descendants of the sunken village scattered all over the world. An arrogant politician surgeon, a vicar, who is also an operetta singer, a woman, who has become a famous international journalist, and an Italian student endure significant vicissitudes, from Rome to Kandahar via Vienna, only to discover it is fate that leads them back to their predecessors’ roots.
The Boy Who Was a King
Bulgaria-Germany, 2011, 90 min., Documentary
Directed by Andrey Paounov
Past haunts present, fact meets fiction and myth rivals reality to tell the fascinating story of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, from his exile as a boy-king through his glorious return as a republican politician to his fall from grace in one of the greatest experiments of democracy today.
Sofia’s Last Ambulance
Bulgaria, 2012, 75 min., Documentary
Directed by Ilian Metev
In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve almost 2 million, Krassi, Mila and Plamen are our unlikely heroes: chain-smoking, filled with humour, relentlessly saving lives against all odds. Yet, the strain of a broken system is taking a human toll: how long can they keep fixing society's injured until they loose their empathy?
Bulgaria, 2012, 98 min., Documentary
Directed by Borislav Kolev
A film about the phenomenal sport career and the tempestuous life of the most famous Bulgarian – football superstar Hristo Stoichkov. A dramatic documentary covering the triumphs and the collapses of the born winner; the mission of the leader who inspires and drives those around to him throughout the crucial moments in life and on the pitch; the real events and the myths; the national self-confidence and the national nihilism… and all in one man.
Bulgaria, 2011, 21 min., Documentary
Directed by Philip Trifonov
Starring: Pavel Koychev, Ginio Ganev, Georgi Lozanov, Jony Penkov
One summer day in 2010 the small pool near the village of Osikovitza (50 km. from Sofia) meets the dawn with a figure of a shepherd walking on the water. With no fear of sinking he was followed by some grazing sheep reminding the proverb ”Like the shepherd like the flock “ or vise versa “Like the flock like the shepherd”. Unlike the monster hidden in the waters of Lock Ness “Water pasture” was raised above the water by the sculptor Pavel Koychev and managed to fascinate people of all strata.
The Long Path of the Crocodile
Bulgaria, 2011, 50 min., Documentary
Directed by Pantcho Tsankov
The craving for freedom makes Lubo flee Bulgaria. Running away is rather a matter of instinct than choice. Lubo is one of those queer people, citizens of the world whom destiny dooms to settle at places where there are challenges, adventures and risks.
Lubo manages to get beyond the border line during a popular gathering at Kalotina. He crosses the whole territory of former Yugoslavia experiencing some incredible adventures and swims through the Adriatic Sea in just one night in spite of the storm and the dangers from the numerous bloodthirsty sharks. After staying in a camp in Italy, Lubo heads for Australia where he lives for some time being involved in risky crocodile hunting.
He Who Travels Alone
Bulgaria, 2011, 74 min., Documentary
Directed by Ralitza Dimitrova
The documentary tells the story of a family of four, confined by their selfimposed exile within the conservative and often conformist Bulgarian society. They live outside the standard – the children do not go to school and the parents do not have a steady job. The only thing they care for is the evolution of the Spirit. Is this a pathological case or an exotic one? Or just yet another human story outside the frame of the big one, and yet going against it! But there is always room for the big Story inside the kernel of the small one.
A Concise History of the Socialist Realism
Bulgaria, 2012, 65 min., Documentary
Directed by Ivan Georgiev
Starring: Veselin Mezekliev, Atanas Naydenov, Milena Ilieva
The documentary film explores historically the phenomenon of the Socialist Realism. Using a lot of archives, footage, photos, documents and analysis of the processes in art, the authors show the clearest manifestations of the Socialist Realism and trace the origin, bloom and the decline of this method. With pain and humour the film tells dramatic human stories and shows the works of talented authors and artists in Bulgaria. The film also reveals the conditions in which the artists lived and worked and shows how the cultural policy of the USSR dominated the processes in the country and the entire socialist region.
Bulgarian, 90 min.
Language: English, Bulgarian
Award winning shorts by Plamen Dimitrov, Krassimir Simeonov, Neda Morfova, Pavel G. Vesnakov, Neshka Karadzhinska and Smilen Savov.
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