• Gueorgui Stoyanov – Treta sled slantzeto AKA Third after the Sun (1972)

    1971-1980BulgariaGueorgui StoyanovSci-Fi
    Treta sled slantzeto (1972)
    Treta sled slantzeto (1972)

    In prehistoric times the crew of an alien spaceship land on Earth. The commanders decide to lay the foundation for a new civilization, in which they will imprint of their own civilization, which is dying out. Through surgical intervention on apes, the aliens program the future spiritual evolution of Earth. During the operation, the patient wakes up abruptly. Discovering himself as a person, he calls himself Eden. He shocks by what is happening to him and he refuses to participate in such experiment. Eden is tranquilized and this time the volume of knowledge imprinted in his brain stays in his sub-consciousness. The ape is released. Read More »

  • Maya Vitkova – Viktoria (2014)

    2011-2020BulgariaDramaMaya Vitkova
    Viktoria (2014)
    Viktoria (2014)

    The film focuses on reluctant mother Boryana and her daughter, Viktoria, who in one of the film’s surreal, magical touches is born without an umbilical cord. Though unwanted by her mother, Viktoria is named the country’s Baby of the Decade, and is showered with gifts and attention until the disintegration of the East Bloc. Despite throwing their worlds off balance, the resulting political changes also allow for the possibility of reconciliation.Read More »

  • Kamen Kalev – The Island (2011)

    Kamen Kalev2011-2020BulgariaDrama
    The Island (2011)
    The Island (2011)

    Sophie and Daneel, both in their early thirties, are a close and passionate couple living in Paris. Sophie initiates a surprise journey to Bulgaria. Daneel explicitly refuses to go, but Sophie insists and finally convinces him to leave. When they arrive, Sophie discovers that Daneel was born there…
    After a few hours spent on the crowded beaches, Daneel leads Sophie to an almost abandoned island lost in the Black Sea. Once there, Daneel discovers pregnancy tests in Sophie’s luggage. The heat and the strange few inhabitants soon alter their own behaviors, and the island slowly reveals hidden fears that question their love. To get through it all, they have to take a leap into the unknown.Read More »

  • Ivaylo Hristov – Strah AKA Fear (2020)

    2011-2020BulgariaDramaIvaylo Hristov

    Svetla, a widow who lost her job recently is living next to the Bulgarian-Turkish border. There are many cases of refugees in her village due to it’s location. One day she meets a refugee from Africa and this changes her life.Read More »

  • Vesela Kazakova & Mina Mileva – Women Do Cry (2021)

    2021-2030BulgariaDramaMina MilevaVesela Kazakova

    “Women Do Cry” is a 2020 Bulgarian drama film directed by Vesela Kazakova and Mina Mileva. The movie revolves around a group of women who work in a textile factory in a small town in Bulgaria. They face harsh working conditions, low wages, and a lack of job security. As they struggle to make ends meet, they must also deal with the challenges of their personal lives, including relationships and family problems.

    When a corporate executive from the factory’s parent company arrives to lay off workers and cut costs, the women decide to fight back against the injustice and corruption they face. They organize a strike and demand fair treatment, risking their jobs and livelihoods in the process.Read More »

  • Zako Heskiya – Yo ho ho (1981)

    1981-1990AdventureBulgariaDramaZako Heskiya

    A young actor with his backbone broken (he is crippled after a bad fall on the stage) is being treated in a hospital. He is invalidated for good and he wills not to live further on. He gets acquainted with a 10-year-old boy, Leonid, from the adjoining room. The boy is spending time in hospital with an arm in a plastic cast. They make friends. In fact, the actor intends to use the kid to provide him with poison. He starts telling a marvelous fairy tale. “Yo-ho-ho” – this old refrain of a pirate song is all too familiar. For the sake of the boy the Actor invents stories about the good buccaneer who is fighting the evil ruler Alvarez who must be punished for his crimes. Little by little the real people in hospital are transformed into the imaginary heroes of the pirate stories that the Actor and the child vanquished by goodness, honesty and self-denial. The boy is fascinated. Gradually, this pre-planned friendship develops into sincere devotion and affection. Leonid’s attachment to his older friend, and his trustfulness and good heart make the Actor abandon his plan of suicide and restore his faith in life. He realizes that life is worth living it, even if paralyzed.Read More »

  • Nikolay Volev – Margarit i Margarita AKA Margarit and Margarita (1989)

    1981-1990ArthouseBulgariaDramaNikolay Volev

    Margarit and Margarita is a poignant story of teenage love and rebellion, Nikolai Volev’s film pictures the corruption and moral decay in the late years of communist Bulgaria. Teenagers Margarit and Margarita are in love; consequently, Margarit cannot prevent himself from rising to Margarita’s defense at school when another boy plays a joke on her. Margarit is thrown out of school, and Margarita joins him. At first things are looking up for the new couple, because Margarita has an opportunity to study folk dance with Julian, an ostensibly gay dance instructor and may perhaps be able to join his company. Not only is Margarit jealous, but Julian is too, though of whom it is not entirely clear. Whatever his motives, Julian frames Margarita, and she persuades Margarit to take the rap for her, which he does. Then the lovely girl attracts the attentions of yet another shady character, the lustful and bisexual party boss Nerizanov. Things go downhill from there.Read More »

  • Binka Zhelyazkova – Golyamoto noshtno kapane AKA The Big Night Bathe (1980)

    1971-1980Binka ZhelyazkovaBulgariaCrimeDrama

    Friends of different generations, practicing different professions, spend together their summer holidays at the seaside every year. It is sunny; they look carefree and happy. They know each other very well, they are used to each other. To such an extent, that bore becomes inevitable. It is boredom that incites them to play a dangerous game. The end is dramatic: a young boy gets killed. It is the moment to draw the bottom line. The question is: Isn’t the death of the spirit worse than of the body?Read More »

  • Binka Zhelyazkova – Baseynat AKA The Swimming Pool (1977)

    1971-1980ArthouseBinka ZhelyazkovaBulgariaDrama

    The story begins with a serious disillusionment experienced by a young girl at her school-leaving farewell ball.
    Apostol, an architect on this side of forty, meets by chance Bella at a swimming pool on the night of her graduation party.

    Winner: Silver Prize – Moscow International Film Festival’1977Read More »

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