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Demoni

Animated Film
Bulgaria,
Canada,
Germany
2012
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Theodore Ushev, MTD:films
Theodore Ushev
Kottarashky & The Rain Dogs
Theodore Ushev
Nikola Gruev
On the first day after the first Sunday after the first spring rain, a Red Cat is sitting on the roof of an old house... She is waiting, watching the full moon race across the sky... A film painted on 50 vinyl recordings.

Exemplary Behaviour

Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Italy,
Lithuania,
Slovenia
2019
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Rasa Miškinytė, Martichka Bozhilova, Igor Pediček, Edoardo Fracchia
Audrius Mickevičius, Nerijus Milerius
Marjan Šijanec
Audrius Kemezys, Valdas Jarutis, Julius Žalnierukynas, Audrius Mickevičius
Ema Konstantinova, Armas Rudaitis
Rimas Sakalauskas
Audrius Mickevičius, Georgi Tenev
Saulius Urbanavičius
Audrius Mickevičius puts the horribly disfigured face of his murdered brother at the start of his film. He’s interested in the question of how someone atones for such an act. With regard to this particular crime one could say: far too short, because the murderer is released after only five years on the grounds that he proved himself to be an exemplary prisoner. Mickevičius doesn’t confine himself to this individual case, though, but raises his film to a more general level: “Exemplary Behaviour” is almost a meditation about the question whether a final act like murder can be atoned for in a temporal order – and whether the passing of time allows the victim’s family to forgive.

Mickevičius uses the example of two lifers (one of them gets married and wants to have children, the other pours his whole passion into an idea of craftsmanship) and a philosopher with prison experience (Bernhard Stiegler) to make that strange state of suspended life comprehensible. The elegiac undertone is finally reinforced by the information that Audrius Mickevičius fell ill and died during the production of “Exemplary Behaviour”. The film was completed by Nerijus Milerius.

Bert Rebhandl



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Film, with the Prize of the Interreligious Jury and with the FIPRESCI Prize.

Father

Animadoc
Bulgaria,
Croatia,
Germany
2012
16 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Maria Stanisheva, Compote Collective
Ivan Bogdanov, Moritz Mayerhofer, Veljko Popović, Asparuh Petrov, Rositsa Raleva, Dmitry Yagodin
Petar Dundakov
Ivan Bogdanov
Vessela Dantcheva, Kristijan Dulic, Moritz Mayerhofer, Asparuh Petrov, Dmitry Yagodin
Ivan Bogdanov, Phil Mulloy
Emil Iliev
When did you last talk with your father? Will you ever ask him about those things that hurt you? In the film, an impossible dialogue is created between the one who left and the ones that were left behind.



Golden Dove in the International Competition Animated Film 2012

Palace for the People

Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Germany,
Romania
2018
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Martichka Bozhilova, Thomas Tielsch, Velvet Moraru
Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
Ema Konstantinova
Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
Momchil Bozhkov
Today we see them with a tourist’s eye – or we don’t see them at all, like the Palace of the Republic in Berlin. “Palace for the People” visits five emblematic buildings of the socialist era: massive stone bodies, whose facades and interiors, configuration of rooms and furniture, decor and functionality invariably aimed for the representation of political systems and values. Superlative power buildings – some shooting up high like the Lomonosov University in Moscow, some sprawling like Ceauşescu’s palace in Bucharest.

Guided tours are always a form of return, a kind of retrospective, the affective connection to what is gone. With a sharp eye for historic architectural quirks and characteristic features, Georgi Bogdanov and Boris Missirkov take us to places that are, however historical they may seem, still haunted by the ghosts of the visions they were once built for. Places soaked with futures that never materialised or materialised quite differently from what was envisioned.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize and the MDR Film Prize


The screening on 31 October, 17:00, is a special screening supported by MDR.

Sofia's Last Ambulance

Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Croatia,
Germany
2012
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ingmar Trost, Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion,Siniša Juričić, Nukleus film d.o.o., Dimitar Gotchev, SIA Ltd, Ilian Metev
Ilian Metev
Ilian Metev
Betina Ip, Ilian Metev
Ilian Metev
Tom Kirk
The ambulance carries us on its bumpy ride through the streets of the Bulgarian capital. Dr. Krassimir Yordanov chain-smokes by the window. Sister Mila, who affectionately calls him Krassi and is as fond of nicotine as he is, sits between him and the friendly driver Pramen. This is the wonderful cast we follow to their various patients in Sofia. Heart attacks, junkies, abortion attempts and drunks, they’re all there. But the Bulgarian health system is as rotten as the streets of Sofia – there are exactly 13 ambulances servicing the city’s 1.2 million inhabitants. It’s easy to imagine what an exhausting and gruelling job this is. And it doesn’t make any difference that Mila stays calm even with the most difficult patients and calls everyone “darling” or “honey”.
The film follows a consistent narrative format. During the rides the camera is mounted on the dashboard, observing only the three protagonists or the street. Even in the patients’ homes, with worried relatives surrounding the rescue team, we glimpse a leg or the back of a patient’s head at best. No interviews, no voice-over, only live sound – a documentary film in its purest form. The director won the 2008 DOK Leipzig Talent Award and used the prize money to realise this film.

Antje Stamer



Silver Dove in the International Competition Documentary Film 2012


International Programme 2013
Syrinx Penyu Kiratsov

Pan falls in love with the beautiful nymph Syrinx. She tries to escape Pan’s firm grip by magically transforming herself into various animals. Finally she manages to elude him only by turning herself into ...

Syrinx

Animated Film
Bulgaria
2012
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Serafov”
Penyu Kiratsov
Kliment Dichev
Penyu Kiratsov
Penyu Kiratsov
Kliment Dichev
Pan falls in love with the beautiful nymph Syrinx. She tries to escape Pan’s firm grip by magically transforming herself into various animals. Finally she manages to elude him only by turning herself into a vast field of canes. Lost and sad, Pan invents a simple musical instrument made from the same canes, and starts to play his song.

The Last Black Sea Pirates

Documentary Film
Bulgaria
2013
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Martichka Bozhilova, Agitprop
Svetoslav Stoyanov
Orlin Ruevski, Ivan Nikolov
Petar Marinov
Vanya Raynova
Momchil Bozhkov, BFSA
Once upon a time there was a fearless pirate who robbed Turkish galleys, captured a lot of gold, and buried his treasure near the mouth of a river on the coast of the Black Sea. Two centuries later, Captain Jack has settled on this beach with a handful of criminals and alcoholics, far removed from civilisation, and built his own little realm there. Two construction trailers, a rowing boat, fresh fish, schnapps, and dynamite – that’s all the modern pirates need on their quest for the legendary treasure.
But this outlaw’s paradise is threatened – the Bulgarian Prime Minister’s brother wants to build five tourist resorts and a yacht harbour in the middle of the nature reserve. This makes the group of outlaws so restless they challenge their captain’s authoritarian regime. Mutiny looms...
Svetoslav Stoyanov tells a quirky documentarian fairy tale in which the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred. His hero is trying to defy the modern age, where corruption and global capitalism have replaced the old order. Captain Jack takes rough but hearty care of his men as long as they don’t question the search for the legendary treasure. Can their dreams and their friendship survive the new era?

Claas Danielsen

Touch Me Not

Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Czech Republic,
France,
Germany,
Romania
2018
123 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Bianca Oana, Philippe Avril, Adina Pintilie
Adina Pintilie
Ivo Paunov
George Chiper-Lillemark
Adina Pintilie
Adina Pintilie
Veselin Zografov, Dominik Dolejší, Marek Poledna
The Einstürzende Neubauten are playing “Mela-Mela-Melancholia”, questioning the state of the nation. Between the somnambulistic scenes played out in the border area between documentary and fiction, deep-seated intimacies that concern us all are addressed. The project – the winner of this year’s Golden Bear – is experimental: many of the protagonists are “real”, play themselves; others, like Laura Benson and her fellow actor Tómas Lemarquis, pick up on scripted sketches but let their roles come so close that they penetrate their own lives. They talk about and perform sex, about inhibitions and visions, fears and ways to overcome them. Their goal, the goal of this unusual film: (self) liberation.

The director enters the frame occasionally, sits on the couch with Christian Bayerlein, the “kissability” blogger, or with the transsexual Hanna Hofmann, letting us know that she is taking part, looking at things but resisting voyeurism as the camera floats above a group BDSM session or follows a touch therapy workshop, some of whose participants are physically severely disabled, at close range. She speaks, too, about her own boundaries of shame, far removed from the “Likes”-obsessed narcissistic Social Media egos. A transgressive critique of norms, aesthetically and politically correct (which is a good thing). And extremely bold into the bargain.

Barbara Wurm

Tzvetanka

Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Sweden
2012
69 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Mårten Nilsson, GNUFILM; Martichka Bozhilova, AGITPROP
Youlian Tabakov
Rikard Borggård
Adam Nilsson
Nina Altaparmakova, Adam Nilsson,Youlian Tabakov, Johan Söderberg
Youlian Tabakov
In his opulent, playful and sometimes serene debut film Youlian Tabakov tells the chequered life story of a Bulgarian woman who survived three political regimes: monarchy, socialism and the present day. The director profits from having studied costume and design, which inspired him to interweave the documentary material with animated and staged sequences to produce a stream of imaginative and surprising images.
His grandmother, Tzvetanka Gosheva, was born in 1926 to a rich merchant’s family, which enabled her to attend a privileged school in Sofia. But this bourgeois background became her downfall after the war. Her parents were imprisoned as enemies of the party; her father would never recover from this. By sheer luck she managed to get permission to go to university. She became a doctor, though she suffered a lot of humiliation and obstruction in her work. Nonetheless she remained in the country even though she would have had opportunities to go abroad. Illness changes people, she says. Ironically, her last working day was 10 November 1989; the day Todor Zhivkov was overthrown. What follows is called democracy. Tzvetanka’s eye for politics remains sharp even though she is slowly going blind. To her the new system is corrupt. She originally wanted to become an actress: in this film the diminutive woman delivers a great performance.
– Cornelia Klauß