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FNE at Berlinale 2018: Bulgarian Film in Berlin Featured

Bulgarian National Film Center 2018-02-17

ÁGA
Directed by: Milko Lazarov                                                            
Screenplay by:   Milko Lazarov, Simeon Venstislavov
Production: Red Carpet                                                                               
Co-production: 42film, Arizona Productions,  BNT, ZDF/ARTE
Producer: Veselka Kiryakova
Co-producers: Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Guillaume De Seille
SUPPORTED BY:
Bulgarian National Film Center
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
Aide aux Cinémas du Monde
Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée
Institut Français
 
For a long time, I’ve been fascinated how the modern and quickly developing world concerns the small communities; how processes that have nothing in common at first sight, affect fatally the life of entire nations.
My intention with this movie is to look steadily at how the global warming and the offensive civilization put to proof the conservation of Northern communities. I am interested how these same people, who live in unbearable conditions for the modern man, have succeeded to preserve the delicacy in their interpersonal relations, and to perceive life with smile and sympathy.

Milko Lazarov
 
SCREENINGS:
Fri,  Feb 23  15:00     Official Press Screening CinemaxX 7&9
Fri,  Feb 23   22:00    Gala Premiere Berlinale Palast                                  
Sat, Feb 24   10:00    Haus der Berliner Festspiele 
Sat, Feb 24   15:00    Friedrichstadt-Palast 
Sun, Feb 25   09:30   Zoo Palast 1 

TOUCH ME NOT
Directed by Adina Pintilie
Romania - Germany - Czech Republic - Bulgaria - France / 125' / 2018

Tell me how you loved me, so I know how to love.
On the fluid border between reality and fiction, TOUCH ME NOT is a personal research about intimacy, and how human beings can find it in the most unexpected ways.

Production: Manekino Film - Rohfilm Productions - PINK - Agitprop - Les Films de l'Etranger
WORLD SALES
Doc & Film International
Paris, France
+33 1 42775687
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www.docandfilm.com

SCREENINGS:
Thu, Feb 22   15:30      Official Press Screening CinemaxX 7&9
Thu, Feb 22   22:00      Gala Premiere Berlinale Palast                                  
Fri, Feb 23     12:00      Friedrichstadt-Palast                                     
Sat, Feb 24    18:00      Friedrichstadt-Palast                                     
Sun, Feb 25   22:30      International     
               
MARKET SCREENINGS (Buyers only):
Saturday 17/02 at 9:00 - CinemaxX 15
Tuesday 20/02 at 11:15 - CinemaxX 13

BULGARIAN NATIONAL FILM CENTER AT BERLINALE 2018 / EUROPEAN FILM MARKET (EFM)
The Bulgarian National Film Center kindly invites you to meet the Executive Director Jana Karaivanova and our team at the European Film Market. Martin Gropius Bau / Stand #G9.
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Jana Karaivanova - Executive Director
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(15-25 Feb)
Kamen Balkanski - Head of MEDIA Desk – Bulgaria
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(15-22 Feb)
Irina Kanousheva - International Relations
Eurimages Fund National Representative
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(15-22 Feb)
Gergana Dakovska - International Relations
Eurimages Fund National Representative
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(15-22 Feb)
Bosila Dontcheva - International Relations
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(15-22 Feb)


Two Bulgarian films supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center in the Berlinale Competition

Milko lazarov’s Аga has been selected for the Berlinale Competition at the 68th edition of the festival

For the first time in 29 years Bulgarian feature film is selected to participate at the Berlin IFF's Competition section. In 1989 Ivan and Alexandra by Ivan Nichev participated in the prestigious selection.

Aga by Milko LazarovAga is the second feature by Milko Lazarov, whose debut Alienation (2013) was selected at Venice IFF. The script was written by Milko Lazarov and Simeon Ventsislavov and was awarded the prestigious Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award for the Best Eastern and Central European Script in 2015. The project was started at Sofia Meetings under the working title Nanook. Behind the camera is Kaloyan Bozhilov. The shooting took place in Yakutia Republic in Russia – one of the coldest places on Earth.

Aga is a Bulgaria/ Germany/ France co-production. The film is produced by Red Carpet – Veselka Kiryakova and coproduced by 42film, ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS, BNT, ZDF/ARTE with the financial support of Bulgarian National Film Center, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Institut Français.

In the far North, Sedna and Nanook dream of bringing back their family together. After Sedna’s death, Nanook walks a long way to find his daughter Ága, who ran away years ago.

For a long time, I’ve been fascinated how the modern and quickly developing world concerns the small communities; how processes that have nothing in common at first sight, affect fatally the life of entire nations. 

My intention with this movie is to look steadily at how the global warming and the offensive civilization put to proof the conservation of Northern communities. I am interested how these same people, who live in unbearable conditions for the modern man, have succeeded to preserve the delicacy in their interpersonal relations, and to perceive life with smile and sympathy. 

by Milko Lazarov

Screenings:

23 Feb 22:00 Berlinale Palast (E,G)
24 Feb 10:00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele (E,G)
24 Feb 15:00 Friedrichstadt-Palast (E,G)
25 Feb 09:30 Zoo Palast 1 (E,G)

The Bulgarian minority co-production Touch Me Not will compete at Berlinale. The debut feature Touch Me Not is a Romania / Germany / Czech Republic / Bulgaria / France co-production by Romanian director Adina Pintilie.The cast includes Irmena Chichikova and Georgi Touch Me Not by Adina PintilieNaldzhiev. The Bulgarian co-producer is Agitprop – Martichka Bozhilova with the support of Bulgarian National Film Center.

Touch Me Not is a hybrid between reality and fiction, in which the characters are looking for intimacy. Their solitudes intersect – by chance or by faith – in a long yearn for attempt for communication. This is a personal inquiry into intimacy, which questions the ways in which we perceive it. The film tackles the question how human beings could achieve intimacy in the most unexpected ways.

Screenings:

FEB 1708:50  Cinestar 5 - BUYERS ONLY
FEB 2011:15  CinemaxX 13 - BUYERS ONLY
FEB 2121:30  CinemaxX 7 & 9 - PRESS
FEB 2215:30  CinemaxX 7 & 9 - PRESS
FEB 2222:00  Berlinale Palast - WORLD PREMIERE
FEB 2312:00  Friedrichstadt-Palast
FEB 2418:00  Friedrichstadt-Palast
FEB 2522:30  Kino International

This selection proves to be yet another great success for Bulgarian cinema after last year’s participation at Cannes of Directions by Stephan Komandarev and the co-production Western by Valeska Griesebach and the Golden Leopard from Locarno awarded to Ilian Metev for his feature 3/4. 

In the recent years Bulgarian films benefit from not only international recognition, but also increasing audience engagement and box office sales in Bulgaria.

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