15 feature films in the running for the Golden Rose Trophy

– The 40th anniversary special edition of the Bulgarian gathering presents three additional feature films in competition compared to last year

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Fifteen feature films (three more than last year’s edition) are about to compete for the Rose d’Or Trophy in competition at the 40th Golden Rose Film Festival. Five more recent feature films will be featured in the non-competitive Open Horizons sidebar along with eight short films, while another 16 short films will lock horns for the Best Bulgarian Short Film award. The anniversary edition of the gathering will take place from September 23-29 at its usual location in the seaside town of Varna.

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The program also includes minority co-productions, such as the opening film, how i learned to fly by the Serbian director Radiovjoe Andric, supported on the Bulgarian side by the production companies Doli Media Studio and Art Fest. The latter is directed by the founder of the Sofia Film Festival Stefan Kitanovwho also co-produced Darkness [+see also:
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through his other company, RFF International, which will be screened in the competition programme. The wind seeker and As far as I can walk [+see also:
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also have a Bulgarian minority stake, represented by the Chouchkov brothers.

Two films among the competition titles are aimed at children, and they are both first feature films: Bulgarian ship sinks in rough seas by Gergana Zmiicharova and Petrinel Gocheva well-known duo in the theater world, and The Tesla Affair by Andrei Hadjivasilev. Three more debuts will face off in the main competition: Borimir Ilkov-Bonoit is Anna, Petya Yossifovait is Giri and Orlin Milchevit is The art of falling. The latter two are also coming-of-age stories, just like the popular actor Valery Yordanovthe second directorial effort, Shakespeare as a street dog.

After last year’s main prize was awarded to a popular genre film, it can be said that there is an increased presence of audience-oriented titles in the competition program this year. Niki Iliev present Meeting 2the second part of its local box office success Meeting [+see also:
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while after the historical biopic about politician and banker Atanas Burov, The rest Ithe ashes, Georgy Kostov is back with the financial thriller Speculators. Lachezar Avramov will show his black comedy yellow oleanderwhich already had its theatrical premiere earlier this year, and Todor Matsanov take part in the containment film To block, described by the team as a “dark romantic comedy-drama”. The rest of the films in competition are Viktor Bojinovsecond feature film, Escapefollowing its success Heights/The Liberators [+see also:
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based on a historical novel; Ivan Panevromantic drama Out of season; Zornitsa Sophiait is Mother, who is Bulgaria’s hopeful for this year’s Oscars; and veteran coxswain Ivan Pavlovit is Spring Equinoxbased on a screenplay by the famous late filmmaker Krasimir Krumov-Greek.

The jury is chaired by the Bulgarian film historian, producer and distributor Alexander Donevand also features a specialist in Croatian cinema Ana Grgicscreenwriter and researcher in Bulgarian art Ilko Ganevas well as filmmakers Blerta Basholi (Kosovo) and Maya Vitkova-Kosev (Bulgaria).

In addition to the in-depth press conferences, which will often turn into in-depth discussions, two other conferences are planned: one on women in Bulgarian cinema and a conversation on cinema in the digital age, in which representatives of streaming platforms will participate. in Bulgaria.

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