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19th Sofia Film Fest 2015 - Additional highlights and out of competition sections
2 March 2015
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In addition to its main Competition categories (International, Balkan, Documentary and Bulgarian Short Film Competition), the 19th Sofia Film Fest will attract several established European filmmakers. Among them, the former Monty Python Terry Jones and some of the British group΄s most beloved films, Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo and his White God (Un Certain Regard at Cannes ΄14), and Danis Tanovic, presenting his International co-production Tigers

Other highlights will be the screening of Miroslav Slaboshpitski΄s The Tribe from Ukraine (Grand Prize of the Critics’ Week at Cannes ΄14), The Wonders by Italian filmmaker Alice Rorvaher (Grand Jury Prize Cannes΄14), Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado΄s Salt of the Earth (premiere) and the Argentinian film Wild Tales by Damian Szifron (Oscar nomination for best foreign language picture).

On the Cinema Today - Great Masters category, Sofia Film Fest 2015 has prepared a program that boasts titles such as Two Days, One Night by the Dardenne brothers, John Boorman΄s newest Queen and Country, Golden Palm nomination Still the Water by Japanese Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer΄s 1001 grams and Wild by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée.

The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov

11 new Bulgarian productions will be presented at the New Bulgarian Documentaries out of Competition section: 

49,172 by Plamen Petkov, Bulgaria/USA/Israel, 2015 

Bridgeless Rivers by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria, 2015 

History of Fear in Search for the Lost Love by Mario Krastev, Bulgaria, 2015 

Life is an Eternal Swing by Andre Chandelle, Belgium/Bulgaria, 2015

Love & Engineering by Tonislav Hristov, Germany/Finland/Bulgaria, 2014 

Salto Mortale by Borislav Kolev, Bulgaria, 2015 

Spirit and Matter by Mihail Venkov, Bulgaria, 2014 

Steps in the Fire by Andrey Hadjivasilev & Melody Gilbert, Bulgaria, 2015 

The Man from Europe by Vasil Barkov, Bulgaria, 2014 

Three Candles by Diana Zaharieva, Bulgaria, 2014 

You know, my poor fisherman by Hristo Dimitrov – Hindo, Bulgaria, 2014 

Additionally, the Documentary Programme (out of Competition) features the following two Balkan co-production documentaries:

Dancing with Maria by Ivan Gergolet, Italy/Argentina/Slovenia, 2014

With the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Bulgarian cinema, SIFF will be presenting a special program, ideal for those searching for some of the best films made in Bulgaria the last 50 years. The program is comprised of two sections: 10 classic Bulgarian films (until 1989) and 10 films of the new Bulgarian cinema (after 1990). The films were selected from several well-known Bulgarian film critics.

10 classic Bulgarian films (until 1989):

Monday Morning by Irina Aktasheva and Hristo Piskov (1966)

The Tied Balloon by Binka Zhelyazkova (1967)

The Hare Census by Edward Zahariev (1973)

All is Love by Borislav Sharaliev (1979)

Pieces of Love by Ivan Cherkelov (1989)

10 films of the new Bulgarian cinema (after 1990):

Zift by Yavor Gurdev (2008)

Capulcu, Voices from Gezi by Benedetta Argentieri & Carlo Prevosti

SIFF 2015 has more  great recent film to screen, and it looks that it will appease the faithful cinema lovers with its Grand Prizes section: Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Golden Palm at Cannes ΄14), Black Coal Thin Ice by Diao Yinan (Golden Bear at Berlinale ΄14), A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Roy Andersson (Golden Lion at Venice ΄14) and Corn Island by Georgi Ovashvili (Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary ΄14). 

Besides the contenders in the International Competition Adultery by Yavor Veselinov and The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva & Peter Valchanov, and the contender in the Balkan Competition Hombre by Zahari Paunov, four other Bulgarian feature films, made after March 2014, will have their National premiere: The Petrov File by Georgi Balabanov, Buffer Zone by Georgi Dyulgerov, The Sinking of Sozopol by Kostadin Bonev and Corpse Collector by Dimitar Dimitrov. 

The 19th Sofia Film Fest expects over 300 foreign guests, some of them key figures of the European film industry, arriving specially for the 12th edition of Sofia Meetings program. Projects for first, second and third films will be presented in public to fund managers, producers, distributors, representatives of institutions and journalists. Native and regional films will be screened before festival directors and selectors. More on that on our next review of the festival.

Source: Sofia International Film Festival official website
  The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner
  Mission London
  Letter to America
  The Goat Horn
  The Peach Thief
  Capulcu, Voices from Gezi
  Love & Engineering
  Winter Sleep
  The Unknown Soldier`s Patent Leather Shoes
  The Petrov File
  Buffer Zone
  The Lesson
  Ilian Simeonov
  Javor Gardev
  Georgi Djulgerov
  Zahari Paunov
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  Dragomir Sholev
  Viktor Chouchkov Jr.
  Konstantin Bojanov
  Danis Tanovic
  Stephan Komandarev
  Dimitar Mitovski
  Borislav Kolev
  Vasil Barkov
  Iglika Trifonova
  Metodi Andonov
  Vulo Radev
  Kostadin Bonev
  Benedetta Argentieri
  Carlo Prevosti
  Tonislav Hristov
  Rangel Valchanov
  Georgi Balabanov
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
  Sofia International Film Festival
  Awards of 16th Sofia International Film Festival
  The Awards of the 17th Sofia International Film Festival
  The 18th Sofia IFF Awards Ceremony
  19th Sofia Film Fest 2015 - Balkans titles at the Competition Programmes
  Sofia Film Fest on Twitter
  Sofia Film Fest on Facebook
  Sofia Film Fest 2015 full programme
  Sofia Film Fest official website
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