SOFIA: Bubblegum, the first feature film by well-known Bulgarian TV serials director Stanislav Todorov – Rogi, has entered postproduction.
The film tells the story of Bilyana and Kalin, whose childhood friendship and unfulfilled love during the late eighties was suddenly interrupted. Twenty-five years later the two of them meet unexpectedly and start rediscovering their first love dreams.
“This is a story about the generation that at present is 35-40 years old, a story about childhood in a communist country, about dreams, illusions and today’s reality. It is also a romantic look at a time, when it was possible to live a kind of naughty and crazy, but happy and sincere childhood,” co-scriptwriter Georgy Ivanov told FNE.
The low budget film is produced by DynamicArts and was supported with nearly 200,000 EUR by the Bulgarian National Film Center.
Shooting started on 15 October 2016 and ended on 7 November 2016.
“As the childhood story takes place in 1988, short before the big political change, we had to look for locations that were less affected by time. At the same time the film contains a contemporary part with a modern look. And as the story is 100 percent urban, we shot in gardens, parks, streets and apartments in Sofia,” producer Stanislav Donchev told FNE.
Popular theatre and TV actors Teodora Duhovnikova and Ivan Yurukov play the leads. Joreta Nikolova, Valentin Ganev and Malin Krastev are costarring.
Todorov – Rogi was among the main directors of some of the most popular TV series as She and He, Sofia Residents in More, produced by Bulgaria’s biggest private TV channel bTV and Mitrani Office, produced by TV7, which ceased broadcasting on 1 February 2016.
The film is expected to be distributed during the autumn of 2017.
Director: StanislavTodorov– RogiScriptwriters: TeodoraMarkova, GeorgyIvanov, NevenaKertova, VladislavChepilovDoP: VladimirMihailovArt Director: BorianaMinchevaCostume Designer: IrinaKochevaSound: PetkoManchevEditing: StefanBoyadjievCast: IvanYurukov, TeodoraDuhovnikova, JoretaNikolova, ValentinGanev, MalinKrastev