Directions by Stephan Komandarev and the co-production Western will compete in Un Certain Regard. Both films are supported by The Bulgarian Film Center
Directons by Stephan Komandarev and the co-production Western by Valeska Grisebach have been selected for Un Certain Regard competition!
For the first time since 1988 Bulgarian production is invited to participate in the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival at its 70-th anniversary edition.
Directons is the fourth feature by Stephan Komandarev, whose The World is big and Salvation lurks around the corner made it to the short list of nine in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar category. Directons tells the interweaving stories of six different people in six taxicabs in the contemporary Bulgarian reality. The script is written by Simeon Ventsislavov and Stephan Komandarev, behind the camera is Vesselin Hristov and the cast includes Anna Komandareva, Vassil Vasilev – Zuek, Ivan Barnev, Gerasim Georgiev – Gero, Assen Blatechki, Irini Jambonas, Stefan Denolyubov, Vasil Banov. The film is a co-production with Germany and Macedonia. The Bulgarian production company is Argo Film – Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova.
Western is a Germany/Bulgaria/Austria co-production. The film tells the story of a modern duel between a man and his rival. The Bulgarian co-producer is Chouchkov Brothers – Borislav Chouchkov and Viktor Chouchkov.
The Official Selection consists of two most important sections – the Competition for the Palme d'Or and Un Certain Regard, which focuses on works that have an original aim and aesthetics. This section was introduced in 1978 by Gilles Jacob.
Bulgaria/Germany/Macedonia, 2017, 103 min, DCP
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Script: Simeon Ventsislavov, Stephan Komandarev
Cinematography: Vesselin Hristov
Production designer: Maria Koycheva
Editor: Nina Altaparmakova
Cast (in order of appearance):
Anna Komandareva, Vassil Vasilev – Zuek, Ivan Barnev, Borislava Stratieva, Georgi Kadurin, Assen Blatechki, Dobrin Dossev, Gerasim Georgiev, Irini Jambonas, Vasil Banov, Julian Vergov, Stefka Yanorova, Nikolay Urumov, Sofia Bobcheva, Troyan Gogov, Hristo Mutafchiev, Stefan Sarchadjiev, Dimitar Pishev, Stanislav Kertikov, Dimitar Banenkin, Stefan Denolyubov, Nelly Monedzhikova
Production: Argo Film (Bulgaria), Aktis Film Production (Germany), Sektor Film (Macedonia)
Producers: Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova, Stelios Ziannis, Vera Weit, Vladimir Anastasov, Angela Nestorovska
Supported by: Bulgarian National Film Center, MDM, EURIMAGES, Bulgarian National Television, Macedonain Film Agency
Contact details: Argo Film Ltd, 5B Yantra St, ap. 11, Sofia 1124;
Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, 2016, 100 min,
Languages: German, Bulgarian, DCP
Director: Valeska Grisebach
Script: Valeska Grisebach
Cinematography: Bernhard Keller
Cast: Detlef Schaich, Meinhard Neumann, Waldemar Zang,
Reinhardt Wetrek, Kevin Bashev, Aliosman Deliev, Suleiman Letifov,
Vyara Borisova, Veneta Frangova
Producer: Komplizen Film – Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach
Co-Producer: Chouchkov Brothers – Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor
Chouchkov Jr., Coop 99 – Bruno Wagner, Antonin Svoboda
Supported by ZDF/ARTE, program Media Development,
FFA, Medianbord Berlin Brandenburg, BKM, Mittledeutsche
Medienfröderung, DFFF, Bulgarian National Film Center, ÖFI
Contact details: Borislav Chouchkov – Chouchkov Brothers,
6 Shipka St, Sofia 1504; + 359 2 946 34 10