VARNA: Bulgarian film critics consider Milko Lazarov’s debut feature Alienation the “creative surprise of 2013“. The film screens in the main competition of the Varna Golden Rose Film Festival (11-17 October 2014).
Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov and Georgi Tenev penned the story about a Greek man who is buying a baby for 10,000 EUR in Bulgaria. “The film is not a manual on how to buy a baby in poor Bulgaria. It’s an journey showing how you can lose yourself,” says Lazarov, who has worked on the project since 2008.
The film is produced by the Bulgarian National Television. Kaloyan Bozhilov is the DoP. The cast includes the Greek star Christos Stergioglou and Bulgarian actors Mariana Jikich, Ovanes Torosian, Neda Iskrenova, Iva Ognyanova, Kitodar Todorov and Dora Markova.
Alienation was the first Bulgarian feature film in 20 years selected for Venice’s Giornate degli Autori during the 70th Biennale. It was awarded a Venice Fedeora Award for Best Young Director and it also received a Special Mention from Europe Cinema Label. Later it was awarded Best Bulgarian Film at the Sofia IFF in 2013 and it received the Grand Prix in the 1st and 2nd Film Competition at the Warsaw FF.
The Bulgarian Film Academy distinguished it with four awards in 2014: Best Feature Film, Best First Feature, Best Director and Best Editing. The film is also eligible for nominations to the 2014 European Film Awards. The film premiered in the Bulgarian National Television on 18 May 2014.
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Production Information:Bulgarian National Television29, San Stefano Str.1504 Sofia+359 2 985 591www.bnt.bg
Credits:Director: Milko LazarovScript: Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov, Georgi TenevCinematography: Kaloyan BozhilovCast: Christos Stergioglou, Mariana Zhikich, Ovanes Torosyan, Neda Iskrenova, Iva Ognyanova, Kitodar Todorov, Dora Markova