2001

01.01.2001

TRICKSY

A series of six sketches from the adventurous life of a dog called Tricksy. Any similarity to existing dogs and people is purely accidental.
01.01.2001

KISS THE BRIDE

01.01.2001

AND PEARS WE WERE

Where did your dreams, your impulses to fly vanish? When did we replace them with illusory security and blessed peace? And why is there always someone who maintains that it is possible to fly… and that it is necessary, even obligatory to…
01.01.2001

FATE AS A RAT

It is a harsh, ironical, paradoxical, warmblooded and… tender story about a group of friends who live in a small seaport town. Their lifestyle is rigorous, their joys are simple and their sex life is raw. Their concepts of man’s dignity, friendship and duty are wrong and primitive. Tracking the small treacheries and the “innocent” murders the characters commit, the film helps us to understand and forgive them with warmth and compassion. For little by little, we realize that maybe this absurd, vain life is ours.
01.01.2001

WORD OF HONOR

Evagoras is a family man who lives in Cyprus. He has five daughters and secretly longs for a son. So he gives Saint Andreas his word of honor that if he acquires a son he will walk all the way to the Saint’s monastery and be there on the patron Saint’s day. He finally acquires a son and must now keep his word to the Saint. Before he sets out on the long trek from one end of Cyprus to the other, his father, who is a priest, admonishes him: “My son, the road ahead is full of temptations. Take care, for you must be clean and pure when you reach the Saint!” Evagoras promises but, unfortunately, in the course of the journey, while trying to do good, he ends up committing every kind of sin…
01.01.2001

THE DEVIL’S TAIL

This story begins with a prayer. And it ends with a prayer. The first one is a prayer to God. The second – to the Devil. Inbetween the two prayers is Pavel – a talented, chaotic and irresponsible musician and composer. Pavel is not religious but there are times in a man’s life when one can call only upon the mercy of God. And he prays to God. Everything is wonderful until the day he realizes he has lost the girl he loves. In order to win her love back, Pavel is ready to do anything – even pray to the Devil. When one prays to God, one relies on His mercy. When one prays to the Devil, this is a deal. You can ask for whatever you want and you have to offer something in exchange. And there’s only one pawn in the Devil’s game…
01.01.2001

VINCIT QUI PATITUR

Memoirs of Countess Anna de Grenaud-Stanchoff range over some of the most important and dramatic periods of Bulgarian modern history – from 1887 to 1915. Even nowadays, her penetrating look makes fit for interpreting countless aspects of the palace, diplomatic and political life of the country. The film tries to find in the memories of the past the answers to questions of today, commented by the grandson of the Countess – eminent diplomat and public figure Ivan Stanchoff.
01.01.2001

IMPROVISATION

It is not only a musical documentary about singer Yuldiz Ibrahimova, though music is everywhere to be found: jammed versions of Gypsy songs, of Bulgarian and Turkish folksongs in the brilliant, profound, warm, grievous but optimistic interpretation by concert performer Yuldiz. She gathers full houses both in Turkey and France, as well as in Bulgaria. Yuldiz suffered the humiliation and anguish of the gross assimilation – her own and of her family, and of the entire minority community she belongs to. The dramatic destiny of the Balkans is focused in her: violence against minorities, two neighboring countries distrusting each other, the hard destiny of a gifted woman trying to make a career, and eventually – music bridging people and countries in the name of peace and love.
01.01.2001

KARDZHALI: FACES FROM THE LANDSCAPE

Kardzhali, the summer of 2001. No election campaigns. No shocking news. Several personal stories of women between 15 and 83. From different ethnic groups and religions, sometimes in unusual combinations. They have different – or perhaps the same – dreams. In that region of diminishing population life carries on its silent battle.
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