FNE at Golden Rose FF 2012: Competition: I Am You

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FNE at Golden Rose FF 2012: Competition: I Am You I Am You directed by Petar Popzlatev

VARNA: I Am You directed by Petar Popzlatev is one of 13 films screening in the national competition of the Golden Rose Film Festival, running through 11 October 2012.

The film was shot at emblematic old Sofia locations and the former Bulgarian royal summer palace on the Black Sea coast.

Based on two books, it is a rare experiment in the Bulgarian cinema. The first, A Novel Without a Title, was never finished by author Dimitar Dimov (1909-1966), who had two other novels adapted for the screen. The second book Adriana, was written by his daughter Teodora Dimova 41 years later, when she decided to finish her father's work and bring her own personal approach to it.

In the book the main character Adriana is a 93 old woman, who shortly before her death remembers her life some 60 years earlier. The woman's intimate "inner mirror" provokes memories linked to numerous moral abuses. "After writing Adriana I started to realise that getting old can be beautiful," Dimova said. The reflective nature of her writing has earned Dimova comparisons with Marcel Proust.

Known for his ongoing collaboration with leading Bulgarian DoP Emil Hristov and for his elegant style, Popzlatev won a best film award in Torino and a best debut film award in Anger for his first film The Countess (1989). He cast two actresses for the four main parts. Jeanette Spassova, an actress with the Berlin Volksbühne, plays both the younger and older Adriana; and Irmena Chichikova portrays segments of young Adriana's life plus the role of the second important woman in the film who functions as Adriana's opposite.

Popzlatev, who also produces the film, said the estimated budget was one million euro. The film was supported by the National Film Center (www.nfc.bg ) and will be broadcast by Bulgarian National Television (www.bnt.bg).

Production credits

Scriptwriters - Vladimir Ganev, Stefan Kospartov, Petar Popzlatev

Director - Petar Popzlatev

Director of Photography - Emil Hristov

Set designers - Boriana Semerdjieva, Pavlina Kozeva, Anton Djidrov, Konstantin Djidrov

Costume designer - Boriana Semerdjieva


Jeanette Spasova - Old Adriana, Young Adriana

Irmena Chichikova - Young Adriana, Jura

Ovanes Torosian -Boyan

Miliana Lenak -Maria

Deyan Donkov - Adamov

Zahari Baharov - Lachezarov

Vlado Karamazov -Germain

Vlado Penev -Simeon

Jana Stoyanovich -Jura's grandmother

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