13-05-2014

Bulgarian Cinema in Cannes 2014

Market Screenings of Bulgarian Films

VIKTORIA

Feature; Completed;
Bulgaria/Romania, 2014, 155 min
Scriptwriter: Maya Vitkova
Director: Maya Vitkova
Cinematography: Krum Rodriguez
Music: Kaloyan Dimitrov
Cast: Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova, Kalina Vitkova, Mariana Krumova, Dimo Dimov
Producer: Maya Vitkova, Viktoria Films (Bulgaria)
Co-producer: Anca Puiu, Mandragora (Romania)
Supported by: MEDIA Programme of the EU, Vienna Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Center
Contacts: Viktoria Films, 2, Tzar Ivan Asen II Str., Tzarevetz Building, fl. 2, Sofia 1124, Bulgaria; phone/fax: +359 2 481 37 12; mobile: +359 884 905 220; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.viktoriathefilm.com
World Sales: Viktoria World Sales and Distribution

Dreaming of the West, Boryana is determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. Nonetheless, her daughter Viktoria enters the world in 1979, curiously missing a belly button, and is declared the country’s Baby of the Decade. Pampered by her mother state until the age of nine, Viktoria’s decade of notoriety comes crashing down with the rest of European communism. But can political collapse and the hardship of new times finally bring Viktoria and her reluctant mother closer together?
Told in three parts and spanning several decades, Viktoria is both intimate and epic, unfolding a mother-daughter story while also working as a wry, philosophical fable with broad historical scope. (...)
John Nein, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Institute

Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2014 – Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize; Rotterdam International Film Festival 2014 – Nominated for the Hivos Tiger Award; Göteborg Film Festival 2014 – Nominated for the Ingmar Bergman International DebutFilm Award

Screening: Gray 5/ May 18th, 10:00

ROSEVILLE

Feature; Completed;
Bulgaria, 2013, 120 min
Scriptwriter: Boby Zahariev
Director: Martin Makariev
Cinematography: Ivan Vatzov
Cast: Kalin Vrachanski, Elena Petrova, Lidiya Indzhova, Plamen Manasiev, David Chokachi
Producers: Svetlin Neinski, Dimitar Gotchev, Alexander Penev, Martin Makariev
Production: Forward Pictures; Camera
Contacts: A+ Films, 35 Trakiya Str., Sofia 1507, Bulgaria; phone: +359 2 421 9743; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
World Sales: WIDE

In the early autumn of 1985, militia is investigating a shocking and mysterious accident in an isolated chalet in the Balkan Mountains. Roseville is a film interpretation of the events inspired by eyewitnesses’ stories and clues found in the chalet.
Vasil and Nadya, a recently married young couple arrives for their vacation in Roseville. They are greeted by the manager of the chalet, Georgi and his close friend, Dora. Later, an old friend of Georgi, Steven Cort joins them. Vasil’s presence provokes a hurricane of mysterious events that put everybody’s common sense on trial. Everyone has to face the terror of one’s own fears while the invisible force that wants to control them stalks them in the dark, violently knocking on the door of their consciousness.

Screenings: Palais I/ May 17th, 18:00; Palais I/ May 18th, 18:00

  • ·PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE
  • WORLD PREMIERE OF "BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO" at Cannes Film Festival
  • "JANNE OF LOVE" WAS SELECTED TO THE SHORT FILM CORNER 2014 at the Festival de Cannes

Maya Vitkova
Viktoria Films, Bulgaria

Selected by:
Bulgarian National Film Center

Biography:
Maya Vitkova is a Bulgarian writer, director, and producer born in Sofia in 1978. Until 2006, she worked in film as an assistant and casting director. In 2009, she executive-produced Kamen Kalev's feature Eastern Plays, which premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and was Bulgaria’s candidate for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards in 2011. At the beginning of 2009, Maya founded Viktoria Films, a company focused on independent short and feature films, producing two shorts Stanka Goes Home (2010) and My Tired Father (2011) and her debut feature Viktoria (2014), which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (World dramatic competition) in January 2014. Maya Vitkova is now developing her second feature, the road movie Gin Air, which will be partly shot in Brazil, the documentary Sisters and her third feature Of men and me.

Latest projects as writer, director and producer:
Gin Air, 2015, feature (in development)
Sisters, 2015, documentary (in development)
Of men and me, 2017, feature (in development)

Selected films as producer:
Eastern Plays, 2009, feature (Director’s Fortnight)

Selected films as writer, director and producer:
Viktoria, 2014, feature (Sundance Film Festival)
My Tired Father, 2011, short (CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival Toronto)

Selected films as director and producer:
Stanka Goes Home, 2010, short (Critic’s Week, ESP screening)

Contacts: Viktoria Films, 2, Tzar Ivan Asen II Str., Tzarevetz Building, fl.2, Sofia 1124, Bulgaria; phone/fax: +359 2 481 3712;
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.viktoriafilms.jimdo.com
 

Sarajevo Film Festival is proud to announce that the omnibus BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO / LES PONTS DE SARAJEVO, produced at the initiative of Obala Art Center/Sarajevo City of Film and French production house Cinétévé in coproduction with partners from Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria, will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Screening: Salle du Soixantième / May 22nd, 18:40

Short films included in the omnibus were directed by: Aida Begiæ, Leonardo Di Costanza, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, Isild Le Besco, Sergei Loznitsa, Vincenzo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perišiæ, Cristi Puiu, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec and Teresa Villaverde. The film is produced by Mirsad Purivatra, Jovan Marjanoviæ and Fabienne Servan Schreiber.

Following the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will have a special screening, THE BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO will be presented to the Sarajevo audiences on June 27 as part of ceremonies to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The film will also be included in the program of the 20th Sarajevo Film Festival before its distribution in cinemas throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The omnibus had been supported by numerous European foundations and TV broadcasters, while its partners in B&H included the Sarajevo Heart of Europe Foundation, Mission Centenaire, the French Institute in B&H and Center Andre Malraux.

Production of the omnibus marks a turning point for the Sarajevo City of Film project of the Sarajevo Film Festival which will in the future, in cooperation with its main partner the Atlantic Group, focus on production of long feature films.

JANNE OF LOVE
Running time: 25’22
Production Company: Chervena Tochka 6
Country: Bulgaria
Year: 2013
Original languages: English, Finnish, Bulgarian
facebook.com / janne of love – short film
website / www.janneoflove.com

Jolly Bulgarian and a shy Finn are "accidentally" struck by Cupid's arrow, but soon the ditto arrow is turned into firewood for the boiling cauldron of problems between East and West. Accusations are flying, so as wedding rings in this humorous story of love, cultural differences and a Janne!?

SYNOPSIS
„Janne of love” is a humorous investigation of the communicational problems, cultural differences and prejudices of contemporary Europeans. Bulgarian, Finnish and English language “get along, hide dirty thoughts and clash” just like the characters, pointing out the invisible borders in a globalized world.
The wild journey starts in Bulgaria, where Millitsa and Anni meet two Finnish boys – Timo and Ilkka. Beer is flowing, the temperatures are getting high, so as the passions. After getting intoxicated and recklessly breaking the law, the feelings of the main characters evolve and culminate in a shameless love confession on the dance floor.
Finland, Timo and Millitsa are already married. When alone they are the perfect match, but in public the joyful and noisy Millitsa gives Timo a hard time. Soon the stereotypical views cause their love language to fall apart. They start speaking their native tongues and their mind. Clichés and the bias that Eastern and Western Europeans have against each other burst out in a hilarious argument.
Will there be a solution in this never-ending conflict? And who, for God’s sake, is Janne!?

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
For the first time officially Bulgarian and Finnish artists join forces for a short film in this witty and playful story about love, cultural clashes and overcoming prejudices in the never-ending East/West conflict in Europe.
Shot in three towns cross country, on eight locations, with a baby, big club crowd and foreign actors, “Janne of Love” is a huge achievement for independent filmmakers.
Supported by: Embassy of Finland-Bulgaria, Audiovideo “Orpheus”, Municipality of Nessebar, Eye Clinic “Zora”

CREDITS
Cast
Millitsa Gladnishka – Millitsa (Bulgaria)
Juha Hippi – Timo (Finland)
Vilma Kartalska – Anni (Bulgaria)
Miska Kajanus – Ilkka (Finland)
Eero Turkka – Taxi driver (Finland)
Producers
Vilma Kartalska
Radko Savov
Screenplay
Vilma Kartalska
Directors
Vilma Kartalska
Radko Savov
Original music
Petia Dimanova
Mihail Yossifov
Directors of photography
Ivailo Tzvetkov
Georgy Gvozdev
Film editor
Yonita Purchelova

DIRECTORS
Vilma Kartalska graduated Fashion Design in 1997. She was Bulgarian finalist in Smirnoff International Fashion Awards’96 and nominated for “Golden Needle’97” by Bulgarian Fashion Academy. In 2000 she finished her acting studies at Theatre College “Luben Groys”. She performed for the National Theatre ”Ivan Vazov”, internationally acclaimed independent performances and has been working as a voice artist.

Radko Savov graduated acting at Theatre College “Luben Groys” in 1999. He worked for Bulgarian National Theatre ”Ivan Vazov” and Theatre Laboratory “Sfumato”, whose award winning performances were represented successfully all around the globe. Since 2005 he has been working for the television as a director and content manager in the biggest reality formats Big Brother, Survivor, Dancing with the stars, etc.
“Janne Of Love” is Savov and Kartalska’s directorial debut. Currently they are working on a second project together.

CONTACTS
Producer: Radko Savov: +359894712919, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director: Vilma Kartalska: +359886763922, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JANNE OF LOVE – TRAILER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnrtdn55ON

 

BULGARIAN NATIONAL FILM CENTER

ADDRESS: 2-A, Dondukov Blvd., 1000 Sofia
TEL / FAX: +359 2 988 38 31 / +359 2 980 99 20
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WEB: www.nfc.bg
ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Georgy Cholakov

Georgy Cholakov
(Acting Executive Director)

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+359 2 988 38 31 / +359 2 980 99 20
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In Cannes: May 14 - 21st

Irina Kanousheva
(Chief Expert International Relations)

TEL / FAX:
+359 2 981 66 31 / +359 2 987 36 26
GSM:
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In Cannes: May 14 - 25th

Gergana Dakovska
(Chief Expert Coproductions / SEE Representative)

TEL / FAX:
+359 2 987 40 96 / +359 2 987 36 26
GSM:
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In Cannes: May 14 - 25th

Irina Lubenova
(Film Productions)


TEL / FAX:

+359 2 988 38 31 / +359 2 980 99 20
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In Cannes: May 14 - 21st