VARNA:The 15th feature film directed by the Silver Bear-winner Georgi Djulgerov is inspired by his own life. Buffer Zone screens in the main competition of the Varna Golden Rose Film Festival (11-17 October 2014).
The plot focuses on a man who remains half-blind after losing his wife in a car crash. “The story is inspired by my own life,” Djulgerov told FNE. "When I was writing the script I had no idea I would lose one eye".
The main character Todor Cherkezov is played by Djulgerov’s favorite actor Rusi Chanev. Cherkezov starts the film as a living man and goes out as a dead one. “He is a 'me' character and I made him fall into several dreams which at first glance have no connection," says the director, adding: "The audience will gradually realize that this character is moving in a kind of purgatory,”.
The film was shot mostly on location in the salt lands near the Black Sea town of Burgas and in the Leshten village, two major sets symbolizing “the buffer zone between life and death.”
It was produced by Front Film using a production grant of 472,430 EUR from the Bulgarian National Film Center.
The theatrical release will take placeduring the 19th Sofia Film Fest, 5-15 March 2015. Front Film will distribute it domestically.
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Credits:Director: Georgi DjulgerovScript: Georgi DjulgerovCinematography: Georgi ChelebievMusic: Mira Iskarova, Hristo NamlievCast: Rusi Chanev, Stefka Yanorova, Rozalia Abgarian, Tigran Torosian, Hristina Ivanova, Snezhina Petrova, Ivaylo Hristov