A month before arriving in Bulgaria as a special guest of the 20th anniversary edition of Sofia International Film Festival, Hollywood legend Ted Kotcheff applied with Bulgarian authorities in Los Angeles for Bulgarian citizenship and passport respectively.
“I’m Bulgarian – and I always felt that way. I grew up in a Bulgarian family albeit far from Bulgaria”. He considers roots very important, treasures his childhood memories and in the last year he’s been focused on his memories. “The manuscript is ready, the director shared a few days ago, and I expect this book on which I’ve worked long and hard to be on in November.”
Currently Ted Kotcheff is working on brushing up what he remembers of the Bulgarian language. In March he is to visit Sofia with his wife, two daughters (out of five children in all) and his nephew who, according to the director, speaks very good Bulgarian. Cinema goers in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna will have a chance to meet Kotcheff during March festival days, one of the events he will take part in being the special interview with an autograph Sofia – City of Film at the Cinema House at 12:00 on 12th March 2016.
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The director of Bulgarian origin is among Hollywood’s big names. He’s been awarded a Golden Bear in Berlin, he has two Palm d’Or nominations at Cannes and an Oscar nomination.
At the 20th Sofia International film Festival’s official opening on 10th March Ted Kotcheff will be awarded Sofia Municipality’s Award for his contribution to the world of cinema art.
Ted Kotcheff’s visit and his retrospective were made possible thanks to the generous support of Sofia International Film Festival’s longstanding partner – Jameson Irish Whiskey. This is a unique present for cinema goers – indisputable proof of longstanding partnership bringing joy to thousands of film-lovers in Bulgaria.
The retrospective of Ted Kotcheff films at The Cinema House in exactly one month – the full festival programme coming soon!