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Interviews

Ognjen Sviličić about the Balkans, the festivals and everything

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Ognjen Sviličić, Sylvia ChristelThe famous Croatian film director Ognjen Sviličić, internationally renown with his movies Sorry for Kung Fu (2004) and Armin (2007), is coming to Sofia Fil Festival with his new film Two Sunny Days (feat. Silvia Kristel – an experiment, but also a natural decision, as the director says). Sviličić, who is also a musician from a new wave punk band, which he considers, joking, the Croatian version of the Festival Band of Stefan Kitanov, is a member o...

Joao Nuno Pinto: The sea remains a symbol of hope

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Joao Nuno Pinto As in Antonio Lobo Antunes’ novel South Of Nowhere (Os Cus de Judas, 1979), a novel, telling the story about the war in Angola, but being actually a story about Portugal, in the first feature film of the young Portuguese director Joao Nuno Pinto the story is about immigrants, but the subject is again Portugal. Joao Nuno Pinto was born in 1969 in Mozambique and his family, being Portuguese, immigrated to Portugal as refugees during another post-colonial war in Afric...

Joao Nuno Pinto

Joao Nuno Pinto

Alvaro Brechner: I like films that surprise me

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Alvaro Brechner: Alvaro BrechnerAlvaro Brechner was born in Montevideo in 1976. 12 years ago he leaves Uruguay and moves to Madrid where he starts working as a director. He has directed a number of short and documentary films and in 2009 he makes his feature debit with Bad Day to go Fishing (selected in the competition programme of the 14th Sofia International Film Festival). In 2011 he is back in Bulgaria as a member of the international jury of the Sofia International Film Festiva...

Alvaro Brechner

Alvaro Brechner

The producer Jozko Rutar: "Silent Sonata" is a war film without soldiers

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Jozko RutarBulgarian cinephiles know well the name of Jozko Rutar, the producer of Silent Sonata (A.K.A. Circus Fantasticus) from another cult Slovenian film, Jan Cvitkovic’ Gravehopping (2005). Director Janez Burger’s Silent Sonata is unique piece of cinema art, a kaleidoscope of reminiscent images, reminding of Fellini’s aesthetic, of Tarkovski to a certain degree and even to Hodorovski. It is a film essay on war and survival; a film with no dialogue, but not a silent movi...

Dimitar Kotsev – Shosho: The debates over Bulgarian cinema are heading in a strange direction

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Dimitar Kotsev – Shosho: Dimitar Kotsev – ShoshoWhy did you choose to adapt your own novel to the screen, rather than someone else’s? My novel is tied to my own life. As a debutant I thought that it would be better to work with something that I know well because it was obvious that I was going to have every possible obstacle come in my way. It was important to have my own story, one which I am comfortable and familiar with. And 20 years later I can spend the taxpayer’s mone...

Dimitar Kotsev – Shosho

Dimitar Kotsev – Shosho

Nick Whitfield and the ancient Bulgarian technics to drive away the ghosts

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Nick WhitfieldA brilliant British dark comedy or to be more specific: a sad story about our world and the world beyond disguised as a comedy; a story of a family and of a broken family and a story about the past that holds a grip on the present (as the director puts it). Nick Whitfield’s feature film debut Skeletons most definitely will touch a lot of people because it is a deeply emotional story told on the verge of economy and extravagance. One of the strongest titles in th...

Nick Whitfield

Nick Whitfield

Ben Berkowitz: We had been working with some really unique underground artists

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Ben Berkowitz 10 years ago Ben Berkowitz made his debut as a film director with a movie called Straightman (Benzfilm, 2001). The story in the film is about the friendship between a straight guy and a gay, but without any Hollywood clichés about falling in love, having sex, ect. ‘Just the story about two friends – one of them likes women, the other likes men – that’s it’, as the director describes it. Berkowitz’s intention in this film was to show the possible relationship bet...

Ben Berkowitz

Ben Berkowitz

Sylvia Kristel: I have no unfulfilled dream

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Sylvia Christel, photo by Studio Fo  Could you tell us about the storyline and especially your part in 2 Sunny Days? Did you know the director before? In 2 Sunny Days a small group of tourists get loose in the  mountains. I play a weird woman belonging to a sect, Christian Marain (82) played my Alzheimer stricken husband. But Maya Sansa and Bristol Pomeroy are the main characters and they play a couple in trouble. The film is about relationships. H...

Sylvia Christel, photo by Studio Fo

Sylvia Christel, photo by Studio Fo

Yves Marmion: I feel the good vibes around Sofia International Film Festival

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Yves MarmionYves Marmion is one of the leading European producers with titles such as Arizona Dream, The Apartment, I Loved You for So Long, among others in his biography. He is also the Chairman of the European Film Academy (EFA) and as such he came to Sofia during the 15th edition of Sofia International Film Festival along with his colleagues from the EFA’s managing board for one of their working meetings.   - Could you tell me how did your session go today? Are you able to di...

Tinsel & Tine interview with Morgan Spurlock "Greatest Movie Ever Sold"

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Jerry: ...Over the balcony, bounced off some respirator thing into the patient! George: What do you mean "into the patient"? Jerry: Into the patient, literally! George: Into the hole? Jerry: Yes, the hole! George: Didn't they notice it? Jerry: No! George: How could they not notice it?!? Jerry: Because it's a little mint. It's a Junior Mint. George: What did they do? Jerry: They sealed him up with the mint inside. George: They left the Junior Mint in him? Jerry: Yes! Geor...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Presents New Series of Master Classes and Salons

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Conversations Offer Opportunities for Deeper Audience Engagement with Festival Films and Filmmakers The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will present two new Conversations series designed to deepen and enhance the Festival experience, giving filmgoers the opportunity to go a step beyond the post-screening Q&A. An extension of the Film Society’s year-round Film Craft & Film Studies program, Master Classes are an opportunity to engage with special ...

Puerto Rico International Film Festival Vieques Island

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