Diary of the 24th Sofia International Film Festival
Day 3, Saturday
WIM WENDERS: DON'T GIVE UP, SOFIA!
KEEP ON ROCKING, KITA!
World famous director Wim Wenders sent a special video message yesterday, entitled: “Message for Kita and SOFIA!”.
Today is Sunday, but we’re thinking of Saturday, 14.03.2020. Day 3 of the 24th SofiaIFF. This is the day when the International, Documentary and Balkan Competitions and also the Bulgarian Short Film Competition were supposed to begin. They will. When we restart the festival. For now – in June.
The first two editions of our online virtual diary sparked huge interest in the world of cinema abroad and at home.
Personal messages to the festival and to Sofia were sent by world-known filmmakers such as directors Wim Wenders, Peter Webber, Vitaly Manski, Doron Eran, Teona Mitevska, Rudolf Herzog, we’re waiting to receive a message from Agnieszka Holland, producers Mike Downey (chairman of the board of the European Film Academy), Jim Stark, Nicolás Celis, actresses Irmena Chichikova and Luiza Grigorova-Makariev. Bulgarian artist Anri Koulev also sent a message.
In today’s edition we will present two of the five members of our International Jury of the International Competition for First and Second Feature Films at the 24th Sofia IFF: British director Peter Webber and the Bulgarian actress Irmena Chichikova.
The third festival day has a special person to celebrate. That person is the director, painter, animator, set designer, producer and festival manager Anri Koulev who will receive the Sofia Municipality Award for his contribution to the art of cinema at the opening of 24th Sofia IFF. He will present his new feature film “Once Upon a War”, an exhibiton with sketches for the film, he'll conduct a mastercalss and will give authographs.
Among the films we present today are “How to Fake a War” by Rudolph Herzog from the International competition, LUX-prize winner and participating in the Balkan Competition of the festival “God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunia” by Teona Strugar Mitevska and “Travelling Cinema” by Iliya Kostov, premiering in Sofia.
We will go back in time a bit, remembering the visits of the legendary director Wim Wenders in 2018 and John Savage in 2017.
There is so much more to come. On this day in the Festival's programme there are 19 films scheduled for screening.
We will wait for them!
Stefan Kitanov - Kita
Director of SIFF
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about all members of the juries of international competition programmes of 24 SofiaIFF, and today we'll present to you two of the members of International Jury for the Competition for First and Second films:
PETER WEBBER, director, Jury president
IRMENA CHICHIKOVA, actress
HERE YOU CAN FIND details about ANRI KOULEV on the Sofia Film Festival website
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "ONCE UPON A WAR" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
FILM OF THE DAY: HOW TO FAKE A WAR
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "HOW TO FAKE A WAR" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
FILM OF THE DAY: GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIA
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIA" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
The 24th Sofia Film Festival's programme includes a special section dedicated to and supported by the European Parliament's LUX Prize, our faithful partners, and a number of presented films will have the opportunity to be featured in the "Sofia Film Fest on the Road" initiative.
FILM OF THE DAY: TRAVELLING CINEMA
HERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION about "TRAVELLING CINEMA" on the Sofia Film Festival website.
PHOTO ON THIS DAY WITH A SOFIA FILM FEST'S FRIEND
Saturday, March 10, 2018, Wim Wenders made an unforgettable presentation of his documentary “Pina”.
Wim Wenders and Stefan Kitanov at Dom na Kinoto * Cinema House 18 years after their first meeting.
SPECIAL GUEST OF SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The American actor John Savage received Sofia Municipality Award for his contribution to the art of cinema at the opening of Sofia IFF in 2017.
On the third day of the festival, Saturday, at Dom na Kinoto * Cinema House John Savage made a special public "Sofia City of Film - Interview with Autograph".