FNE at Sarajevo FF: Bulgarian/German/French Coproduction Nanook

    Nanook by Milko Lazarov Nanook by Milko Lazarov

    SARAJEVO: Bulgarian film director Milko Lazarov presented his new project Nanook at CineLink Work-in-Progress, that took place from 14 to 16 August 2017 in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days.

    Lazarov’s second feature film, currently in postproduction, is a Bulgarian/German/French coproduction, that was shot in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic of the Russian Federation, known as one of the coldest places on Earth.

    The script, which Lazarov co-wrote together with Simeon Ventsislavov, tells the story of an aged couple living in their igloo in the old Inuit way. When their daughter comes back home from Europe, modern and old values clash.

    “I am interested in how these Eskimos, who survive in conditions unbearable for modern people, have succeeded in conserving the delicacy in their interpersonal relations and perceive life with smiles and sympathy,” Lazarov told FNE. Known for his minimalistic style and long shots, he intends to continue his delicate observations on human nature. 

    The main cast is composed of Mikhail Aprosimov, Feodosia Ivanova, Galina Tikhonova, Sergei Egorov and Afanasy Klaev, who come from Yakutia. Most of the technical crew is Bulgarian.

    Nanook is a coproduction between Bulgaria’s Red Carpet, Germany’s 42Film and France’s Arizona Films Productions, the Bulgarian National Television and ZDF/Arte. It was supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, French CNC and German MDM.

    Shooting took place in spring 2017 and lasted for 35 days. It was the first time that a Bulgarian film director worked in temperatures below 30 degrees. “The team was provided with Arctic equipment, something very important in extreme weather conditions,” Bulgarian producer Veselka Kiryakova told FNE. Mongolian production designer Agi Dawaachu, who has lived in Germany for over 30 years, designed an authentic yurt, which was installed on the frozen Lena River. The film was shot by the DoP Kaloyan Bozhilov on 35 mm with anamorphic Cooke lenses. 

    German Beta cinema is handling the sales.  

    Production Information:

    Red Carpet 
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    Director: Milko Lazarov
    Scriptwriters: Milko Lazarov, Simeon Ventsislavov
    DoP: Kaloyan Bozhilov
    Production designer: Agi Dawaachu
    Costume designers: Vanina Geleva, Daria Dmtrieva
    Cast: Mikhail Aprosimov, Feodosia Ivanova, Galina Tikhonova, Sergei Egorov, Afanasy Klaev