The festival opens with a Bulgarian premiere – Galin Stoev’s feature debut The Infinite Garden. The film is an Agitprop Production with the financial support of the Bulgarian Film Center. The script is written by Yana Borissova and Galin Stoev and is based on the play Pleasantlyscary by Yana Borissova.
Under the surface of this contemporary urban drama, there are hidden invisible worlds, where unexpected miracles happen.
Lyubomir Mladenov’s Ship in a Room will premiere in the program New Bulgarian Cinema. Ship in a Room just had its’ world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The film is produced by Front Film/Chouchkov Brothers with the support of the Bulgarian National Film Center and is an utopian vision about the idea of finding yourself through the Other.
The documentary Long Live Bulgaria by Adela Peeva has been selected for the same program. Adela Peeva is director, producer and screenwriter of the film, produced by Adela Media with the support of Bulgarian National Film Center. The film focuses the attention of the public on a serious problem – the revival of nationalism in Bulgaria. Long Live Bulgaria will also be screened at the Golden Rhyton Festival for documentary and animated film in Plovdiv (16-22 December, 2017).
Lilly the Little Fish by Yassen Grigorov will have its’ Sofia premiere within the Children Movies program of Kinomania. The film was awarded a Special Mention at the last edition of the Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian feature film in Varna. It is a fantasy tale about the Extraordinary child Alex-Danny and its seemingly ordinary parents.
At Kinomania the minority co-production – Miracle by Egle Vertelyte (Lithuania-Bulgaria-Poland) will be screened for the first time in Bulgaria. It has premiered in the Discovery program of the Toronto International Film Festival. The Bulgarian co-producer is Geopoly with the financial support of Bulgarian Film Center.
Well-crafted and carried on the wings of bittersweet melancholy by Emil Christov's cinematography, Vertelyte's film sticks close to themes of belonging, identity, and breaking away from history's determinist providence.
Photo: The Infinite Garden