Sneakers, the Bulgarian debut film by co-directors Ivan Vladimirov and Valery Yordanov, is filming on locations aroung Bulgaria through September 26.
Filming began August 18 in Sofia, and moves on the the Black Sea coast as well as the Danube valley.
The €790,000 film, in a package with Voice Over and Krapetzfrom productiion company Gala Film (www.galafilm-bg.com), received a Media Slate Funding development support, followed by 80% in public financing from the National Film Center (http://www.nfc.bg/). The remainder of the budget was funded by private investment and Bulgarian distributor MG - Profilms which will releases the anticipated "generation confession film" in September 2010.
Vladimirov worked as assistant director in seven features films. After the festival success of his 2007 short Waltzes And Tangos From The Village Of Whitewater he became known.
Valery Yordanov, an awarded young Bulgarian actor, started deveolping the six Sneakers main characters four years ago. "Aged between 20 and 30, with different occupation, education and religion, they decide to 'sneak away' from the aggression of the big city and to construct their own paradise on a lonely beach," Yordanov said.
Despite his key position in the film, Yordanov auditioned for the role of "The Grey one," leaving the casting decision to his co-director. Yordanov is surrounded by an exciting team of popular actors including Philip Avramov (Letter to Amerika by Iglika Triffonova), Ivan Barnev (I Served the King of England by Jirí Menzel).
The Vladimirov/Yordanov tandem said they want their film to be "both dynamic and sincere" and to deeply touch "not only the young people but also their parents."
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Script: Valery Yordanov
Directors: Ivan Vladimirov & Valery Yordanov
Director of Photography: Rali Raltchev
Art Director: Sabina Christova
Costumes: Kristina Tomova
Sound: Valentin Kirilov
Editing: Svetlana Kirilova
Producers: Galina Toneva & Kiril Kirilov
Kosa - Philip Avramov
Ivo - Ivan Barnev
The Little one - Ivo Arukov
The Grey one - Valery Yordanov
Emi - Ina Nikolova
Ran - Vassil Draganov
Ira - Iva Gocheva
Horst - Iaroslav Petkov