FESTIVALS: Golden Rose Returns to Bulgaria


SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center announced the titles of the 15 films that will compete in the 32nd edition of the country’s oldest film event, the “Golden Rose” National Feature Films Festival taking place 11-17 October 2014 in Varna.

Unlike last year when the festival did not take place due to the lack of films, this year the full-length feature films competition contains fifteen titles, eight of which are debuts. The Bulgarian NFC supported nine films and Bulgarian National Television backed one. Four films received financial support for distribution and two received support for festival promotion. The rest of the films were shot with entirely private funding. Three of them were released domestically before the festival. Seven feature films will be screened out of competition.

In comparison with the 31st edition which took place in 2012, the number of the short feature films also increased. The short film competition contains 19 titles and 15 more will comprise the out of competition programme.

This year we have a special Jubilee program of eight classic Bulgarian films. This way we will honour the anniversaries of famous Bulgarian filmmakers such as scriptwriters Hristo Ganev and Alexander Tomov, director Ivan Terziev, the famous actresses Tatiana Lolova and Tsvetana Maneva, directors of photography Victor Chichov and Krasimir Kostov, art designers Georgi Todorov-Josie and Anastas Yanakiev. In memoriam, we will show two films with which we will honour the memory of two of the greatest creative tandems in Bulgarian cinema: Valeri Petrov/Rangel Valchanov and Svoboda Bachvarova/Ivanka Grabcheva,’ Irina Kanousheva from the NFC International department told FNE.  

The films in the main competition follow:

Adultery by Yavor VesselinovAdultery
Directed by Yavor Vesselinov
Produced by Teach.Co Art Company
Supported by Sofia Municipality

Directed by Milko Lazarov
Produced by BNT, Red Carpet

Buffer Zone
Directed by Georgi Djulgerov
Produced by Front Film, Nu Boyana Film Studios, Bulgarian National Television, Audiovideo Orpheus
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Bulgarian Rhapsody
Directed by Ivan Nichev
Produced by Cinepaz, United King Films, Cinissima Ltd., Cinema Project-Rabinovich Foundation
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Bulgarian National Television, Nu Boyana Film Studios

Directed by Zachary Paunov
Produced by Snimachen ekip Ltd
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

The Judgment by Stephan KomandarevThe Judgment
Directed by Stephan Komandarev
Produced by Argo Film (Bulgaria), Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion (Germany), Propeler Film (Croatia), Sektor Film (Macedonia), Bulgarian National Television, CinePostproduction GmbH, Tara Tree Pictures, Filmmaker
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Macedonian Film Fund, Eurimages, Media Programme of the EU

The Lesson
Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Produced by Abraxas Film, Graal Film (Greece), Little Wing, Screening Emotions
Supported by ZDF, American Foundation for Bulgaria, Central Cooperative Union

Living Legends
Directed by Niki Iliev
Produced by Niki Ilev, Boyko ILiev, Yan Yanev, bTV studios

One More Dream
Directed by Nikolay Mutafchiev
Produced by Premier Studio

Rat Poison by Konstantin BurovThe Petrov File
Directed by Gueorgui Balabanov
Produced by Camera Ltd (Bulgaria), Ostlicht Filmproduktion Gmbh, Germany
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, MDM Germany; Eurimages

Rapid Response Corps 2: Nuclear Threat
Directed by Stanislav Donchev
Produced by Dynamic Arts, Indi Film, Pro Films, Monte Music, TV7

Rat Poison
Directed by Konstantin Burov
Produced by Bulfilm (Bulgaria), Stop Film (Romania)
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Directed by Martin Makariev
Produced by Svetlin Neinski, Dimiter Gochev, Alexander Penev, Martin Makariev

Viktoria by Maya VitkovaThe Sinking Of Sozopol
Directed by Kostadin Bonev
Produced by Borough Film, BNT
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Directed by Maya Vitkova
Produced by Viktoria Films (Bulgaria), Mandragora (Romania)
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center