Diary of the 24th Sofia International Film Festival
Day 13, Tuesday
Happy Easter! Stay healthy, isolated and let’s share virtually our love!
A key theme at the 24th Sofia Film Festival is the Bulgarian cinema. In the programme we have recent Bulgarian features and documentaries, as well as some of the most successful films of the past decade and some older films shot in Sofia in the 1950s and the 1960s.
In today’s 13th day 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. We will go back in time on a Tuesday at SIFF and we will remember the visits of Álvaro Brechner and Gary Piquer, David Mackenzie, Jan Ole Gerster, Svetoslav Stoyanov, Vanya Raynova and Martichka Bozhilova. 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”.
Of course, to take care of your good mood and the pass on our best wishes for Easter, we remember the starry visit of the actors from the BBS TV series “‘Allo ‘Allo!”, invited by the translator and journalist Zlatna Kostova.
On this 13th Day of SIFF there are 18 films scheduled for screening. We will see them!
Stefan Kitanov - Kita
Director of SIFF
NEW BULGARIAN FEATURES: A DOSE OF HAPPINESS
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "A DOSE OF HAPPINESS" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
NEW BULGARIAN FEATURES: TWISTED WORLD
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "TWISTED WORLD" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
DECADE OF BULGARIAN CINEMA: IRINA
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "IRINA" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
NEW BULGARIAN DOCUMENTARY FEATURES: PASSENGERS
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "PASSENGERS" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
FILM OF THE DAY: THE TRAITOR
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "THE TRAITOR" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
FILM OF THE DAY: DIEGO MARADONA
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "DIEGO MARADONA" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
FILM OF THE DAY: ADAM
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "ADAM" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
PHOTO ON THIS DAY WITH A SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL'S FRIEND
On 9th of March 2010, Tuesday, the Uruguayan director Álvaro Brechner and Scottish actor and co-screenwriter Gary Piquer presented Uruguay-Spanish co-production "Bad Day to Go Fishing".
On 13th of March 2012, Tuesday, the Scottish director and good SIFF friend David Mackenzie presented his film "Perfect Sense" and was one of the special DJ masters at our festival party in Matti'D hall.
On 12th of March 2013, Tuesday, the German director Jan Ole Gerster presented his film "Oh Boy", which received the Grand prize for best film, presented to him by the Jury in the International competition programme.
On 11th of March 2014, Tuesday, at Lumiere Lidl Cinema was the premiere of the documentary "The Last Black Sea Pirates", presented by its director Svetoslav Stoyanov, screenwriter Vania Raynova and the producer Martichka Bozhilova.
On 13th of March 2018, Tuesday, the “Golden Globe” winner and world-famous musician, Lisa Gerrard, was a special guest at the festival. She presented at the Lumiere Lidl Cinema her video clip “Pora Sotunda”, created by a Bulgarian crew, led by the director Ivan Moskov. The song is a part of the album BooCheeMish, mainly composed by Petar Dundakov (composer of the film “Irina”), featuring performances by “The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices” and Lisa Gerrard, produced by Schubert Music.
SPECIAL FESTIVAL GUESTS: 'ALLO 'ALLO!
Listen carefully, we shall say this only once!
The all-time TV series “‘Allo ‘Allo!” was a special guest at the 18th Sofia Film Festival in 2014 for a great dose of laughter with screening of a special not broadcasted episode! Guy Siner (Lieutenant Gruber), Richard Gibson (Herr Flick), Vicky Michelle (Yvette), Arthur Bostrom (Officer Crabtree), Sue Hodge (Mimi) and Kim Hartman (Helga) together with their manager Keith Paddington Richards, all came to meet the audience in Sofia. They arrived on the 18th of March, Tuesday, when their first press-conference was held, by initiative and organization of the Bulgarian translator of the series, Zlatna Kostova. Here we share their meeting with the audience that we organized a few days later, on the 21st of March, at Cinema House. Until today, “‘Allo ‘Allo!” holds one of the primary positions in the BBC list of “Best British TV series”.