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Sofia IFF features Russia, Holland (update)

2008-03-04

The 12th Sofia International Film Festival, to be held March 6-12, will focus on the cinemas of two nations - Russia and the Netherlands, the organizers announced on Feb. 27. Additional programs will be held March 17-23 in the capital, March 6-16 in Plovdiv and March13-21 in the coastal city of Burgas. The bill includes nearly 100 feature films, 30 documentaries and 60 short films.

To coincide with the Russian screening program, director Nikita Mihalkov is coming for the Bulgarian premiere of his Oscar-nominated film 12. Mihalkov will also be presented with the Sofia Municipality Award for Outstanding Achievements in Cinema, according to the Sofia Echo's report on the news conference.

The other country in the spotlight is The Netherlands, with Dutch director Jos Stelling heading the international jury of the festival. Cinema fans will have the opportunity to view seven of his films with an additional four from other directors of his country.

The schedule includes several retrospectives, including one on filrms from the Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, who is also coming to Sofia for the premier of his latest movie At the Edge of Heaven. The other retrospective will present two films of the British director Dom Rotheroe.

Among Bulgarian documentaries to be screened are The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories by Andrey Paounov and Corridor № 8 by Boris Despodov.