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Losers by Ivaylo Hristov gets the top prize at Golden Rose Film Festival 2015
12 October 2015
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Losers (Bulgaria, 2015) was the big winner last night at Varna΄s 33rd Golden Rose Film Festival. Ivaylo Hristov΄s third feature film got the Best Feature Film Award, gaining also the Best Actress Award, won by Elena Telbis, the Audience Award, the Critics Guild Award (UBF) and the Accredited Journalists’ Award.

Losers by Ivaylo Hristov

The Special Award of the City of Varna went to Family Relics by Ivan Cherkelov (Bulgaria, 2015), who also won the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Award. Filmmaker Svetla Tsotsorkova received the Best Feature Film Debut Award for Thirst (Bulgaria, 2015), a film also honored with the Best Cinematographer Award for Veselin Hristov.

Kamen Kalev΄s third feature film, Face Down (Bulgaria/France/Belgium, 2015) got the Best Director Award while Marin Damianov received the Best Screenwriter Award for Corpse Collector by Dimitar Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 2015).

Filmmakers Hristo Simeonov (The Son) and Dimitar Kutmanov’s (Ecce Homo) shared the the Best Short Film Award.

The winners of Golden Rose 2015

Golden Rose Award for Best Feature Film to Losers by Ivaylo Hristov - For a credible story about the mental loneliness and the hopeless life of young people in Bulgaria. Strong performers’ presence and visual solutions.

Special Award of the City of Varna to Family Relics by Ivan Cherkelov - For devotion, talent and cinematic perfectionism in all elements of the film narrative.

Special mention for TV Film for Barter by Atanas Kiryakov -  For the ability to achieve emotional impact using ascetic art techniques.

Best Director Award to Kamen Kalev for Face Down - For masterful cast of and work with both professional and unprofessional performers in building an authentic and gripping story.

Best Screenwriter Award to Marin Damianov for Corpse Collector - For non-conventional vantage point at characters typical of the outskirts of life.

Best Cinematographer Award to Veselin Hristov for Thirst - For masterly work with light and the visual solutions, creating a feeling of drought-ridden environment and people.

Thirst by Svetla Tsotsorkova 

Best Actress Award to Elena Telbis for her role in Losers - For the holistically built character having a strong and commanding presence.

Best Actor Award to Stefan Denolyubov for his role in While Aya Was Sleeping - For the versatilely built character of a talent cast out from society by conformist times.

Best Feature Film Debut to Thirst by Svetla Tsotsorkova - For the powerful, ingenious and memorable story.

The Jury gave two Honorable Mentions for individual achievements:
Honorable Mention for music to Kaloyan Dimitrov - For the convincing dramaturgic role of music in films varying in genres and subject matters.

Honorable Mention to Claudia Cardinale for making a generous gesture to young Bulgarian film.

The Golden Rose Award for Best Short Film went to The Son by Hristo Simeonov - For the unadulterated authenticity of the cinematic observation and the proficiency to render emotionally the tragic existence of Romany people using scanty details,

and to Ecce Homo by Dimitar Kutmanov - For the striking expression of the black-and-white representation, which turns a family drama into an existential Christian tale unfolding in no particular time or place.

Source: Golden Rose Film Festival official website
  Corpse Collector
  Face Down
  Family Relics
  While Aya Was Sleeping
  Svetla Tsotsorkova
  Ivaylo Hristov
  Kamen Kalev
  Marin Damianov
  Atanas Kiryakov
  Hristo Simeonov
  Veselin Hristov
  Elena Telbis
  Claudia Cardinale
  Ivan Cherkelov
  Stefan Denolyubov
  Tsvetodar Markov
  33rd Golden Rose Film Festival: New and classic Bulgarian cinema
  Golden Rose Film Festival official website
  Golden Rose Film Festival on Facebook
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