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25-th SOFIA International Film Festival

The 25th Sofia Film Festival will take place in two parts. The main festival is in its traditional period in March, when the films from the programme will be presented both online (in partnership with the world's leading platforms Festival Scope / Shift 72) and in cinemas in compliance with all anti-epidemic measures, and international guests will be exceptions. The focus of the first part of the festival will be the competition programs, the presentation of the new Bulgarian feature and documentary films, current films of established directors and young talents, festival favorites in the last year, and films from special anniversary sections.



On Friday, Day 16, we present to you the special video message by the legend of Polish and world cinema, the director Krzysztof Zanussi. From this day's program we present another film from the “New Bulgarian Features” section – “Wildlings” by Martin Makariev, with video message by the actor and producer Aleksander Sano. We have selected two short films by Drago Sholev – “Before Life, After Death”, Jameson Award winner in 2005 and then selected at the “Semainde de la Critique” in Cannes, and also the film “I Have Something to Tell You”. You'll see also an interview by the Italian director Alice Rohrwacher.



On Day 15 we present the feature debut of Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova “Cat in the Wall”, which premiered in Locarno 2019 and had a successful festival run around the world. “Reunion” by Niki Iliev is one of the 8 independent Bulgarian films in the program of the 24th SIFF, created without any government support, a box-office hit last year. In this day's programme is also the premiere of Lubomir Halatchev’s documentary “Stories of Birds, Men and Other Wonders” about the genius Bulgarian writer Yordan Radichkov. The short film of today’s Day 15 of our virtual Diary is “Life with Sofia” by Svetla Tsotsorkova. The film won the Jameson Short Film Award in 2004 and was selected from Sofia for the “Semaine de la critique” in Cannes.



In Day 14 of this imaginary diary we present two Bulgarian films with the special video greetings by their authors – “Could You Kill” by Ivan Nichev and Nikola Bozadzhiev’s debut “Shibil”, based on the short story by Yordan Yovkov. There is also information for two of the most anticipated films at the festival - “The Dead Don’t Die” by Jim Jarmisch and “Family Romance LLC” by Werner Herzog. We present to you also the first part of the special masterclass at Cinema House given by the cult independent American director Abel Ferrara.



In this 13th day's daily we present with some special video messages the films “A Dose of Happiness” by Yana Titova and “Twisted World” by Marius Kurkinsky, “Irina” by Nadejda Koseva, that was the reason for Martina Apostolova to become a “Shooting Star” in Berlin, as well as “Passengers” by Zdravko Dragnev and Tzvetan Dragnev. On a Tuesday we were visited by the divine voice of Lisa Gerrard and we presented the cosmic video clip by Ivan Moskov and friends for the song “Pora Sotunda”, part of the album of “The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices” with main composer Petar Dundakov (who also wrote the music for the film “Irina”) – “BooCheeMish”.



In Day 12 of our imaginary diary, we present to you the Bulgarian films “Letters from Antarctica” by Stanislav Dontchev and “Rounds” by Stephan Komandarev. We would like to give a special mention also to “Synonyms”, “Golden Bear” winner at Berlinale 2019 and also to one of the absolute festival hits for the last year - “The Lighthouse” by Robert Eggers. In partnership with the Wim Wenders Foundation, we have the pleasure to present the world online premiere of the special masterclass Wim Wenders gave at Cinema House on the 11th of March 2018 about the digital restoration of his masterpiece “Wings of Desire”.



On Day 11 we announce the film “Mr Kohl’s Last Hour” by Doron Eran with personal messages from the director, the screenwriter and auteur of the play by the same name Joshua Sobol and the actor Ohad Shahar. Ellie Yonova, director of the documentary feature “Luben and Elena: The Love of Art and the Art of Love”, sends us a message from Canada. Another screening scheduled for this day is “Willow” by Milcho Manchevski. We will also present one of the most significant films of 2019 – “The Painted Bird” by Václav Marhoul. We have a special video-message from the Georgian director Levan Koguashvili, winner of three awards from our festival for his film “Blind Dates”.



Day 10 - among the films of the day is “Charlatan” by Agnieszka Holland, presented by it’s co-producer Mike Downey. She will receive the special FIPRESCI 95 Platinum Award for her glorious and uncompromising contribution to cinema. We present by videos the films “Inna de Yard”, directed by Peter Webber and “The Whistlers”, produced by Jim Stark. We will also present the film by another member of the jury – Lluís Miñarro - “Love Me Not”, where one of the main parts is performed by the actress Lola Dueñas. On Day 10 we tell also something very interesting - the story of The FESTIVAL BAND!

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