VARNA: The first Bulgarian/Israeli coproduction is representing Bulgaria at the Academy Awards nominations for Best Foreign Language Film. Ivan Nichev’s Bulgarian Rhapsody screens in the main competition of the Varna Golden Rose Film Festival (11-17 October 2014).
The film closes a trilogy about the Balkans during WWII. The other chapters are The End of the World (1998) produced by Bulgaria’s Meta BM 4, Germany’s Saxonia Media and Greece’s Marathon Films, and A Journey to Jerusalem (2003) produced by Bulgaria’s Cinemascope – Ivan Nichev and Germany’s Saxonia Media. The story is set in 1943 when two Bulgarian teenagers fall in love with a beautiful Jewish girl who is one of the 11,682 Jews from Northern Greece and Macedonia forced by the Nazis to cross Bulgaria by train and to continue up to Vienna and the concentration camps.
Based on more than 40 documentary testimonies Bulgarian Rhapsody witnesses the way Bulgarians saved their Jewish compatriots. “At the same time, we wanted to show their sympathy and understanding for the Jews from Greece and Macedonia, who unfortunately could not be rescued,” Nichev said.
Bulgaria’s Cinepaz and Israel’s Cinisima are coproducing. The project received a production grant of 485,727 EUR from the Bulgarian National Film Centre. Bulgarian Rhapsody was released in theatres for a week from 19 September 2014. "It is planned to increase the release to at least on 20 screens in the big distribution chains," Christo Dermendjiev, the owner of the biggest Bulgarian distributor of European films A Plus Film, told FNE.
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Credits:Director: Ivan NichevScript: Ivan Nichev, Tatyana Granitova, Yourii Dachev, Jean Pierre MagroCinematography: Addie ReissMusic: Stefan DimitrovCast: Moni Moshonov, Tatyana Lolova, Dimitar Rachkov, Kristiyan Makarov, Angela Nedyalkova, Stefan Popov, Alex Anski, Eliza Tokeva, Vasil Mihaylov, Stoyan Aleksiev, Lyubomir Kovachev, Sava Dragunchev, Bojidar Kostadinov