VARNA: Award winning documеntary director Gueorgui Balabanov’s feature debut The Petrov File was originally scheduled to compete at the Golden Rose NFF in 2014, but because of technical reasons the screening was cancelled. This year the film will screen in the main competition of the festival which takes place from 6 to 11 October 2015.
Balabanov, who immigrated to France in 1986, wrote together with the famous French scriptwriter Jean-Claude Carrière a story revolving around a theatre actor who is suddenly banned from the stage during communism. The man responsible for ruining his career is a secret service officer who continues to manipulate him during the period of transition and up to the present day.
The director told the Bulgarian media that his intention was to portray fear as “an invisible character”. “Fear is present throughout the whole story and dominates at the end. It has been transferred from the old system to the new one”, Balabanov said.
The film stars Mihail Bilalov and Hristo Shopov. Bulgarian-born Canada-based Stefan Ivanov is the DoP. The film was shot entirely on location during six weeks in 2012. One of its challenges was to recreate the changing atmosphere of Sofia from the beginning of the 80’s until today.
Bulgaria’s Camera produced the film in coproduction with Germany’s Ostlicht Filmproduktion. Bulgarian National Film Center, MDM and Eurimages supported it. The budget was 1.2 m EUR.
The world premiere took place in March 2015 when the film opened the 19th Sofia Film Fest.
Credits:Director: Gueorgui BalabanovScreenwriters: Gueorgui Balabanov and Jean-Claude CarriereDoP: Stefan IvanovMusic:Hristo NamlievCast: Mihail Bilalov, Hristo Shopov, Radina Kardjilova, Deyan Donkov, Malin Krastev, Anjela Nedialkova