08-05-2015

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Coproduction Debut The Woman of My Life in Postproduction

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Mihail Bilalov in The Woman of My Life by Antoniy Donchev Mihail Bilalov in The Woman of My Life by Antoniy Donchev

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Antoniy Donchev is in postproduction with his first feature film The Woman of My Life coproduced by Bulgarian Ars, Macedonia’s KT Film & Media, Romania’s Peter Film Production, Hawena Films and the Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq with the support of the Bulgarian National Film Center.

The 700,000 EUR film follows the path of the strong love of young Azad, а Kurd from Iraq, for his fiancée Vian in the period following his escape from his home country. Before reaching Germany, he travels by way of Bulgaria, where he has a forced stay.

The film, which Donchev co-wrote with Ali Talib based on a true story, was shot during the spring of 2014 in Bulgaria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Macedonia, Cyprus and Turkey. The languages spoken are Bulgarian, Kurdish, Arabic, English and German. Soran Enrahim, a Kurd from Iraqi Kurdistan, and Bulgarian actress Violeta Markovska perform the lead parts. The cast includes actors from Macedonia and Turkey.

Donchev said his aim is to show “the point of view of an open-minded young man from Kurdistan, Iraq, who wants to have a quiet life, to love and to be loved. Unfortunately, political passions do not allow this. The story covers several years on specific borderline areas between Europe and the Middle East (Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon, Cyprus, the Balkans), a region where violence and tolerance still ‘normally’ co-exist.”

Bulgarian producer Ivan Tovev, who also shot the film as DoP, told FNE that the date of the theatrical distribution has not been decided yet, but the plan is that it should follow the first screening of the film at an important international film festival. Bulgarian National Television has already acquired the broadcasting rights.

Production information:
Ars Ltd.
19, Popova Shapka Str., Sofia -1505
Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 846 83 61
Fax: +359 2 846 83 62
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Credits:
Director: Antoniy Donchev
Scriptwriters: Ali Talib, Antoniy Donchev
DoP: Ivan Tonev
Music: Vladimir Dzhambazov
Cast: Soran Ebrahim, Violeta Markovska, Selim Akgul, Yilmaz Yalçin,Mihail Bilalov, Silvia Petkova, Christina Christova-Nikolova