SOFIA: A Turkish-Bulgarian soap opera is leading the way
toward closer cooperation between the Turkish and Bulgarian film and TV
Turkish film and TV director Saman Sinav bought the TV rights
to Bulgarian novelist Ludmila Filpova's first novel Anatomy of Illusions, a love story
between a Turkish man and a Bulgarian woman.
production company Sinegraf Film Productions (www.sinegraf.com) is expected to produce with a Bulgarian coproducer,
with some of the filming to take place in Bulgaria.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is
expected to sign a cooperation agreement with Turkey when he makes a scheduled visit
to Ankara on 19-20 March, which would cover regulations for coproductions
between the two countries. Within the film and TV industry, the move is seen as
laying the groundwork for a "Balkan Hollywood."
Turkish soap operas have grown in popularity
throughout Central and Eastern Europe in recent years.