SOFIA: Zornitsa Sofia is in postproduction with her third feature film, theBulgarian/Croatian coproduction Chieftain/ Voevoda. The release is planned for 2017.
The script written by Zornitsa Sofia and based on Nikolay Haitov’s well-known novel Roumena Voevoda focuses on the true character of Roumena, a bold woman from the 19th century who led a male gang during Bulgaria’s Ottoman occupation. Roumena’s life is covered from her birth to the collapse of the rebellious group under her leadership.
“It is a story about a woman who struggles to reconcile the warrior and the mother, the male and female qualities in herself”, Zornitsa Sofia told FNE. For the first time in her career she plays the main part in the film she is directing.
Valery Yordanov is co-starring. Most of the supporting roles are performed by non-professional actors. The film was shot during 33 days in August-October 2015. Numerous medieval and military sets were built nearby historic villages or directly in the woods.
Bulgaria’s MQ Pictures is producing in coproduction with Croatia’s Focus Media with a budget of 1.1 m EUR. Nu Boyana and Dream Team Films are the Bulgarian national coproducers. The film was supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center.
Chieftain participated in the CentEast Market Warsaw and the Agora Thessaloniki Film Festival works in progress competitions. Nova TV has already acquired the broadcasting rights.
Credits:Director: Zornitsa SophiaScriptwriter: Zornitsa SophiaDoP: Krum Luis Alirio RodriguezProduction designer: Irena MuratovaCostumes designer: Marta MironskaSound:Petar Kralev, Ivan AndreevEditing: Vicktoria RadoslavovaCast: Zornitsa Sophia, Valeri Yordanov, Goran Gunchev, Dimitar Selenski, Yordan Bikov, Vladimir Zombori, Petar Genkov, Leart Dokle, Dimitar Trukanov