FNE at 40th Anniversary Golden Rose FF: Bulgarian Ship Sinks in Stormy Sea

    Bulgarian Ship Sinks in Stormy Sea by Petrinel Gochev Bulgarian Ship Sinks in Stormy Sea by Petrinel Gochev Courtesy of Golden Rose FF

    VARNA: Petrinel Gochev’s Bulgarian Ship Sinks in Stormy Sea will screen in the main competition of the 40th Anniversary Golden Rose National Film Festival (23 – 29 September 2022). Leading theatre director, stage designer and artist Gochev makes his cinema debut.

    The idea of the script is rooted in the director’s biography: when he was a child and his father unexpectedly passed away, his mother invented a fake story about the father being abroad. She didn’t have the strength to tell him the truth right away.

    Gergana Zmiicharova (actress and Gochev’s wife) and Gochev himself wrote the first draft of the script some 15 years ago. Gradually, they developed and enriched the true story modifying fictional lines and characters. Finally, the plot was structured around Petyo, a young boy who loses his father, and whose mother, instead of telling him the truth, sends him to his grandfather’s place by the sea. With a little hand-made ship borrowed from a neighbour, Petyo meets young Philip and the two of them invent plenty of sea adventures.

    Chosen from among 30 children, Alen Angelov plays Petyo alongside Hristyan Manolov as Philip. Famous Mihail Mutafov plays the grandfather, while Gergana Zmiicharova is Philip’s mother.

    The shooting lasted for 20 days and it took place in July and August 2019. “The film was publicly supported, but the financing was not enough to do the whole shooting at the seaside. So we hired a real boat and we transported it to a small village yard not far from Sofia. Using focus and out-of-focus images, we created the illusion of a sea just behind the corner”, producer Galina Toneva told FNE.

    Roumen Vasilev is the DoP. 

    Gala Film is the producer with a 200,000 EUR grant from the Bulgarian National Film Center and an additional 35,000 EUR presale contribution from the Bulgarian National Television.

    The film already screened out if competition at the 2022 Love is Folly IFF in Varna.

    The theatrical distribution is scheduled for early 2023.

    Production Information:

    Gala Film (Bulgaria)
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    BNT (Bulgaria)

    Director: Petrinel Gochev
    Scriptwriters: Gergana Zmiicharova, Petrinel Gochev
    DoP: Roumen Vasilev
    Music: Dimitar Velichkov-Schmidt
    Cast: Mihail Mutafov, Alen Angelov, Hristyan Manolov, Vesela Babinova, Gergana Zmiicharova, Dimo Dimov, Stanislava Nikolova