FNE at Varna Golden Rose FF: Sneakers

By Pavlina Jeleva

    Sneakers, the Bulgarian debut film by co-directors Ivan Vladimirov and Valery Yordanov, screens in competition of the 30th anniversary edition of the Varna Golden Rose national film festival. The film previously competed in the Karlovy Vary IFF's East of the West section and in the main competition of the Moscow IFF.

    The film was shot in Sofia, the Black Sea coast and the Danube valley in 2009.

    The €790,000 film, in a package with Voice Over and Krapetz from production company Gala Film (www.galafilm-bg.com), received Media Slate Funding development support, followed by 80% in public financing from the National Film Center (www.nfc.bg). The remainder of the budget was funded by private investment and Bulgarian distributor MG - Profilms.

    Vladimirov worked as assistant director in seven features films and gained critical attention after the festival success of his 2007 short Waltzes And Tangos From The Village Of Whitewater.

    Valery Yordanov, an awarded young Bulgarian actor, started developing the six Sneakers main characters four years ago. "Aged between 20 and 30, with different occupations, education and religions, they decide to 'sneak away' from the aggression of the big city and to construct their own paradise on a lonely beach," Yordanov said. Their lives overlap during the summer they spend on the Black Sea coast, in a film marked by a contagious energy that reflects the zeitgeist of their generation.

    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 a team of popular actors including Philip Avramov (Letter to Amerika by Iglika Triffonova) and 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." The film will premiere in Bulgaria in October. Golden Globe-nominated actress Geraldine Chaplin, head of the jury at the Moscow International Film Festival will arrive in Sofia for the official screening. At the award ceremony of the Moscow IFF she appeared wearing sneakers in order to show her sympathy towards the film that "deeply moved her."

    Production information:

    Gala Film

    1b, Strumitza Str., ap.11

    1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

    Phone: + 359 2 981 42 09;

    Fax: + 359 2 981 29 71

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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