29-09-2015

FNE at Golden Rose National Film Festival: 11th A Grade

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Yana Marinova in 11th A Grade by Michaela Komitova Yana Marinova in 11th A Grade by Michaela Komitova

VARNA: Michaela Komitova’s debut feature11th A Grade will have its world premiere in the main competion of the 33rd Golden Rose National Film Festival (6-11October 2015). Domestic release is planned for 2016.

The film tells a story of a dance teacher Lina appointed to substitute for a year for a literature teacher in an elite high school in Sofia. Despite the lack of experience and thanks to her dancing talent, Lina manages to overcome the initial distrust of the students and the hostility of her most conservative colleagues.

Former teacher Nikolay Kolev wrote the script for two years. “Our film is not about aggression in schools. It’s about  choices. We wanted to make a positive and entertaining film,” Nikolov told the Bulgarian media.

Famous TV star Yana Marinova was cast as Lina and Bashar Rahal plays her husband.

The film was shot in five weeks during the summer of 2014 in the National High School for Polygraphy and Photography in Sofia. Sometimes the temperature in the classroom reached almost 40 degrees. The numerous choreographic performances are mostly hip-hop and Latino.

Korund X produced the film in coproduction with Audiovideo Orpheus and Nu Boyana. The Bulgarian National Film Center supported it with nearly 300,000 EUR.

Production Information:

Yana Marinova and Bashar Rahal in 11th A Grade by Michaela KomitovaKorund X
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Audiovideo Orpheus
Samokov blv.60
1113Sofia, Bulgaria
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Nu Boyana Film Studios
84 Kumata street, Cinema Center Boyana, 1616 Sofia, Bulgaria

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Credits:
Director: Michaela Komitova
Screenwriter: Nikolay Kolev
DoP: Emil Topuzov
Music: Svilen Nachev, Ventsislav Lalev
Cast: Yana Marinova, Bashar Rahal, Nikolay Sotirov