FESTIVALS: Sofia IFF Ready to Kick Off

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    SOFIA: Eighteen films were selected for the International Competition of the 20th Sofia International Film Festival, which will take place from 10 to 20 March 2016.

    There are 23 films selected for the Balkan Competition and 24 for the Documentary Competition. Other sections include: Best Festival Shorts Programme, Cinema Politica, New Bulgarian Features and Documentaries, Film and Fashion. The festival also organizes focuses on Croatia, Turkey and Iceland, and retrospectives of Terry Gilliam, Bela Tarr, Ted Kotcheff and Tzvetan Marangosoff.

    The International Jury is presided by Dito Tsintsadze and composed of Harutyun Khachatryan, Klaus Eder, Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. The Balkan Jury is presided by Bojidar Manov and composed of Isabelle Stever and Simon Perry, while the Documentary Jury is presided by Trisha Ziff and also composed of Simone Baumann and Milena Kaneva.

    International Competition Lineup:

    The Open Door / La Porta Abierta (Spain)
    Directed by Marina Seresesky

    Rauf (Turkey)
    Directed by Soner Caner, Barış Kaya

    The Summer of Frozen Fountains by Vano BurduliSnow (Bulgaria, Ukraine)
    Directed by Ventsislav Vasilev
    Produced by 100 Film
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

    The Paradise Suite (The Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria)
    Directed by Joost van Ginkel
    The Summer of Frozen Fountains (Georgia, Ukraine)
    Directed by Vano Burduli
    Produced by Producing Center Gemini
    Supported by the Georgian National Film Centre
    If and When / Im Veka’asher (Israel)
    Directed by Eran B. Y.
    Semana Santa (Mexico)I, Olga Hepnarova by Petr Kazda Tomáš Weinreb
    Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella
    The Ones Below (UK)
    Directed by David Farr

    Zhaleika (Germany)
    Directed by Elitsa Petkova

    Mammal (Ireland, Netherlands, Luxemburg)
    Directed by Rebecca Daly

    I, Olga Hepnarova / Já, Olga Hepnarová (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, France)
    Directed by Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda
    Produced by Media Brigade (PL) in coproduction with Alef Film & Media Group (SK), Arizona Productions (FR) and Czech production companies Black Balance, Love.FRAME, Barrandov Studios, FAMU and Michael Samuelson Lightning Prague
    Supported by Polish Film Institute, Lower Silesia Film Fund , The State Cinematography Fund – Czech Republic and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

    The Lure by Agnieszka SmoczyńskaThe Lure / Córki Dancingu (Poland)
    Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
    Produced by WFDiF
    Coproduced by HBO Poland, Telewizja Polska
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Thirst (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova
    Produced by Front Film
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

    No One's Child (Serbia, Croatia)
    Directed by Vuk Ršumović
    Produced by Art & Popcorn
    Coproduced by Baboon Production, Kinorama
    Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

    Thirst by Svetla TsotsorkovaMr. Kaplan (Spain, Uruguay, Germany)
    Directed by Álvaro Brechner
    Hilda (Mexico)
    Directed by Andres Clariond Rangel
    Adultery (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Yavor Vesselinov
    Produced by TEACH.Co, Yavor Vesselinov
    Theeb (UAE, Qatar, Jordan, UK)
    Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
    For Some Inexplicable Reason (Hungary)
    Directed by Gábor Reisz
    Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
    Directed by Terry McMahon

    No Ones Child by Vuk RšumovićThe Quiet Hour (UK, Ireland)
    Directed by Stéphanie Joalland

    We Are Young, We Are Strong / Wir Sind Jung. Wir Sind Stark (Germany)
    Directed by Burhan Qurbani

    Borderless / Bedone Marz (Iran)
    Directed by Amirhossein Asgari

    Balkans Competition Lineup:

    Enclave / Enclava (Serbia, Germany)
    Directed by Goran Radovanović

    The Miracle of Tekir / Miracolul din Tekir (Switzerland, Romania)
    Directed by Ruxandra Zenide
    Produced by Elefant Films
    Supported by the Romanian National Film Center, Eurimages

    The Miracle of Tekir by Ruxandra ZenideFather / Babai (Germany, France, Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo)
    Directed by Visar Morina

    Life Is a Trumpet / Život je truba (Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia)
    Directed by Antonio Nuić
    Produced by Propeler Film
    Coproduced by Baš Čelik, Artikulacija production, Staragara and Croatian Radiotelevision
    Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Slovenski Filmski Centar, MEDIA Programme

    Smac (Greece)
    Directed by Elias Demetriou

    Nausea / Bulanti (Turkey)
    Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz

    Life Is a Trumpet by Antonio NuićThe High Sun / Zvizdan (Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia)
    Directed by Dalibor Matanić
    Produced by Kinorama
    Coproduction Gustav Film in association with SEE Film Pro from Serbia Project
    Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and the MEDIA Programme, the Slovenian Film Centre and Viba Film Ljubljana

    Face Down (Bulgaria, France, Belgium)
    Directed by Kamen Kalev
    Produced by Waterfrontfilm
    Coproduced by Le Pacte, Left Field Ventures
    Frenzy / Abluka (Turkey, France, Qatar)
    Directed by Emin Alper
    Panama (Serbia)
    Directed by Pavle Vučković
    The High Sun by Dalibor MatanićLazar (Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, France)
    Directed by Svetozar Ristovski
    Produced by Small Movies
    Coproduced by MP Film, Gala Film, Arizona Films
    Losers (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Ivaylo Hristov
    Produced by Moviemento
    Coproduced by Profilm, Transformers
    Bota (Albania, Italy)
    Directed by Iris Elezi, Thomas Lugoreci
    Xenia (Greece, France, Belgium)
    Directed by Panos H. Koutras
    Face Down by Kamen KalevSivas (Germany, Turkey)
    Directed by Kaan Mujdeci

    Why Me? / De ce eu? (Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary)
    Directed by Tudor Giurgiu
    Produced by Libra Film
    Coproduced by Hai-Hui Entertainment, Chouchkov Brothers , Cor Leonis Films

    Love Island (Croatia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland)
    Directed by Jasmila Zbanic
    Produced by Deblokada Produkcija
    Coproduced by Komplizen Film, Okofilm Productions, Ziva Produkcija
    Monument to Michael Jackson (Serbia, Germany, Republic of Macedonia, Croatia)
    Directed by Darko Lungulov
    Produced by Papa films
    Losers by Ivaylo HristovCoproduced by Propeler Film, Dream Factory Macedonia, Penrose Film, This&That Production
    Travelator (Serbia)
    Directed by Dušan Milić
    These Are the Rules / Takva su pravila (Croatia, France, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia)
    Directed by Ognjen Sviličić
    Produced by Maxima Film
    Coproduced by KinoElektron, Biberche
    Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre
    Trolling (Serbia)
    Directed by Kosta Djordjević
    Why Me? by Tudor Giurgiu 
    The Last Black Sea Pirates (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Svetoslav Stoyanov
    Produced by Agitprop
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
    Luton (Greece, Germany)
    Directed by Michalis Konstantatos