Moscow IFF Competition: Sneakers

By Pavlina Jeleva

    Sneakers, the Bulgarian debut film by co-directors Ivan Vladimirov and Valery Yordanov, screens in the main competition at the Moscow IFF, before heading to Karlovy Vary IFF in July.

    {mosimage}The film was shot in Sofia, the Black Sea coast and the Danube valley in August and September 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 (http://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.

    {mosimage}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. The lives of the six young adults intersect during the summer they spend on the Black Sea coast, in a film denoted 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 be distributed in Bulgaria in September 2011. It has been selected for the East of the West competition at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

    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

    SPONSORED by Moscow International Film Festival