(( Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival ))
Varna 2014

The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Award

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The main character,

Todor Cherkezov, has survived a car crash in which he lost/killed his wife. He himself was left half- blind. A man of vision, a film director, Todor Cherkezov has several dreams, which at first glance have no narrative connection. One plotline does unite them, however – the main character’s egoism.

In the first dream, he neglects his mother’s memory because of his sexual attraction towards Irina, his wife, but…
In the second dream, Todor is just about to cheat on his wife, but…
In the third dream, Todor stops his wife by force when she wants to leave him, but…
In the fourth dream, Todor manages to save his own life with his wife’s help, but…
In the fifth dream, Todor sacrifices himself for another person for the first time, but…
In the sixth dream, Todor is in the buffer zone, between life and the beyond – and is seeking forgiveness for his sins, but…
In real life, he is formally acquitted, but…

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Director’s notes

“The world of the elderly is a world that is constantly shrinking.Little things become big. Few people are important to us, but they are very important.”
                                            Federico Fellini
 
“…For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause…”
                                      Hamlet, Shakespeare
“Dream is the single gate giving
the dead a chance to visit the living”
                                           Atanas Dalchev
 
 
In recent years, I have had dreams similar to those in the film. Of course, I have tweaked them here and there, but in every one of the dreams there is a core which I have not touched – the original source. I have not touched it not out of superstition, but rather because I would like to trust my subconscious in its sense of death. I would like to share my fears and hopes.
 
“Hope” is hardly the most suitable word for this material/mystery, but for me it is important that it exist within the person who has set off towards THAT threshold. What is the price of this expiatory hope?  The film seeks the answer to this question.
Is such an undertaking worthwhile in our commercialized times? As long as we are mortal, it is worth it. At least it seems so to me… because death is a part of life.
 
As far as the implementation is concerned, the film is realistic, without the hocus-pocus of computer-generated effects. First, because that’s how I dreamed it – as in realistic cinema. And second, because I want to avoid the style of people flying through ads and blockbusters.
 
I anticipate reproaches of the sort: “Viewers won’t watch that.” I have always argued that there is no single category of viewer. There are viewers who are looking only for entertainment, for “popcorn cinema.” But there are also other viewers, who ask themselves questions and seek their answers. I am convinced that we must think about them as well. Quantity should not be the sole and most important criterion when deciding whether making a given film is worthwhile.
 
And let me close with a quotation from the Bulgarian poet and dramatist Valery Petrov:
 
And I feel how my life has passed through me swirling,
in one hasty gushing, in a colorful whirling
from the child’s very cradle, the grave is in sight –
from whence all this jealousy, from whence all this spite?
There must be something more! And there on the grass,
the pale sun comes to meet me and smilingly asks:
What are you seeking, young child now grown old?”
“Something tiny,” I say. “A little key made of gold.”
The films finale offers you my ownlittle gold key.” Surely someone will use it to open the door, beyond which the answer to that question lies
Georgi Dyulgerov

CAST  

ROUSY CHANEV

as Todor Cherkezov

STEFKA YANOROVA

as Irina Cherkezova

ROZALIA ABGARIAN

as Psychologist

TIGRAN TOROSIAN

as Young Todor

CHRISTINA IVANOVA

as Young Irina

SNEZHINA PETROVA

as Yana

IVAYLO HRISTOV

as Damyan

CREW

Written and Directed by

GEORGI DJULGEROV

Cinematography by

GEORGI CHELEBIEV

Production design by

VANINA GELEVA

Costume design by

DORIANA KEBEDZHIEVA

Music by

MIRA ISKAROVA

Produced by

HRISTO NAMLIEV

Sound by

IVAYLO NATZEV

Film editing by

ANTONIA MILCHEVA

Produced by

NADEJDA KOSEVA

Produced by

SVETLA TSOTSORKOVA


FRONT FILM

with the support of
BULGARIAN NATIONAL FILM CENTER

in co-production with
NU BOYANA FILM STUDIOS
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
“AUDIOVIDEO ORPHEUS”

Буферна-Зона-Партньори-Лога

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