FESTIVALS: The 22nd Sofia Film Festival Announces Lineup

    Three Quarters by Ilian Metev Three Quarters by Ilian Metev

    SOFIA: Twelve debut and sophomore films were selected for the international competition of the 22nd Sofia International Film Fest. The festival will run in Sofia from 7 to 18 March 2018 and additionally in some of the biggest Bulgarian cities from 19 to 29 March 2018.

    The Bulgarian/German/French coproduction Aga aka Nanook directed by Milko Lazaravov (and coproduced by Red Carpet, 42Film and Arizona Films Productions) will open the festival, after having closed the Competition programme of the 2018 Berlinale.

    Seven of the titles from the international competition come from CEE and Balkan countries, including Ilian Metev’s 3/4 , winner of the Golden Leopard in the Cineasti Del Presente international competition of the 2016 Locarno FF and best director at the 2017 Golden Rose National FF.  

    The Balkan competition is composed of 13 new feature films from the region, including two Bulgarian productions and two Bulgarian minority coproductions. 

    A total of 22 new Bulgarian feature films and 11 documentaries will have their premiere in Sofia. Twelve new Bulgarian short films will compete for the Jamison Award.

    The president of the international jury is the Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi, who will also receive the FIPRESCI Platinum 90 Award. Honourary guests are Abel Ferrara and Wim Wenders, who will also give masterclasses.

    International Competition:

    3/4 (Bulgaria, Germany)
    Directed by Ilian Metev
    Produced by Chaconna Films
    Coproduced by Sutor Kolonko  
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, ZDF/ARTE, ZDF-Kleines Fernsehspiel, Film und Medienstiftung NRW and MEDIA Creative Europe

    Adam (Germany, Iceland, USA, Mexico)
    Directed by Maria Solrun

    Blockage (Iran)
    Directed by Mohsen Gharaei

    Facing The Wind (Spain, Argentina, France)
    Directed by Meritxell Colell

    Genesis (Hungary)
    Directed by Árpád Bogdán

    In Another Life (UK)
    Directed by Jason Wingard

    One Step Behind the Seraphim (Romania)
    Directed by Daniel Sandu
    Produced by HI Film Productions
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre

    Para Aduma (Israel)
    Directed by Tsivia Barkai

    Radiogram (Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey)
    Directed by Rouzie Hassanova
    Produced by Menclips
    Coproduced by Film Produkcja, Solis Film  
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Polish Film Institute, MEDIA Creative Europe

    Silent Night (Poland)
    Directed by Piotr Domalewski
    Produced by Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    The Pigeon (Turkey)
    Directed by Banu Sıvacı

    Yeva (Armenia, Iran)
    Directed by Anahid Abad