VARNA: Milko Lazarov’s sophomore feature Ága will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September-4 October 2018). This Bulgarian/German/French coproduction had its world premiere out of competition at the 68th Berlinale IFF and it was awarded best film both at the 36th Fajr IFF and the 24th Sarajevo FF.
The script, which Lazarov co-wrote together with Simeon Ventsislavov, tells the story of Sedna and Nanook, an aged couple living in the far North.
The main cast is composed of Mikhail Aprosimov, Feodosia Ivanova, Galina Tikhonova, Sergei Egorov and Afanasy Klaev, who come from Yakutia.
Shooting took place in the spring of 2017 in the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic within the Russian Federation, known as one of the coldest places on Earth. It was the first time when a Bulgarian film director worked at temperatures below 30 degrees. “The team was provided with Arctic equipment, something very important in extreme weather conditions. Mongolian production designer Agi Dawaachu, who has lived in Germany for over 30 years, designed an authentic yurt, which was installed on the frozen Lena River,” producer Veselka Kiryakova told FNE. The film was shot by the DoP Kaloyan Bozhilov on 35 mm with anamorphic Cooke lenses.
Bulgaria’s Red Carpet, Germany’s 42Film, France’s Arizona Films Productions, the Bulgarian National Television and ZDF/Arte coproduced the film. It was supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, , Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée and Institut Français.
Beta cinema sold the film in nearly 20 territories, including Switzerland, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China and Benelux. The domestic release is planned for December 2018.
Production Information:Red Carpetwww.redcfilms.com Bulgarian National Televisionwww.bnt.bg
Credits:Director: Milko LazarovScriptwriters: Milko Lazarov, Simeon VentsislavovDoP: Kaloyan BozhilovProduction design: Agi DawaachuMusic: Penka KounevaCast: Mikhail Aprosimov, Feodosia Ivanova, Galina Tikhonova, Sergey Egorov, Afanasiy Kylaev