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Sofia International Film Festival


For 16th year Sofia International Film Festival will gather together in Sofia films, guests, stars, journalists and cinema fans from 9th until 18th March 2012. Featured in Variety’s Top 50 of cinema festivals, the event presents Bulgaria to the world as the host one of the important film festivals in Europe and takes place annually in March. What started as a thematic music film festival, went through 15 previous editions to become the cinema event of the year, bringing the current world cinema trends to the domestic viewers in Bulgaria and the latest in Bulgarian cinema to the rest of the world.

Since 1997 more than 1,600 feature films and documentaries have been screened within the festival’s framework. More than 1,000 distinguished guests have attended, including established professionals such as Wim Wenders, Volker Schlondorff, Katja Riemann and Karl Baumgartner (Germany), Alan Parker, Peter Greenaway, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Tony Palmer and David Mackenzie (United Kingdom), Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Konchalovsky, Karen Shakhnazarov and Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov (Russia), Jiri Menzel, Jan Sverak, Jan Hrebejk and Petr Zelenka (Czech Republic), Emir Kusturica (Yugoslavia), Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Otar Iosseliani (Georgia), Jean-Claude Carriere, Agnes Varda, Siegfried and Jacques Dorfmann (France), Assumpta Serna (Spain), Bent Hamer and Unni Straume (Norway), Jafar Panahi and Babak Payami (Iran), Jerry Schatzberg, Michael Wadleigh and Lech Kowalski (USA), Jos Stelling (the Netherlands), Mika Kaurismaki (Finland), Friðrik Þór Friðriksson (Iceland), Lone Scherfig (Denmark), Kornel Mundruczo (Hungary), Goran Markovic, Goran Paskaljević, Radivoje Andric, Dusan Milic, Srđan Karanović and Srđan Dragojević (Serbia) and many others.
The festival is organized by Art Fest under the auspices of the Municipality of Sofia and in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the National Palace of Culture, the National Film Center and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of the MEDIA programme of the European Commission, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors.
For its 10th anniversary as an international cinema event in the year 2010 named Year of Bulgarian Cinema, Sofia International Film Festival received as present the recognition from FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) - it was accredited as competitive festival specialized in first and second films. Since its creation the director of the festival has been Stefan Kitanov.

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Eran Kolirin: “My filmis permeated by a sense of insecurity”

Let’s start with your character, Oded, who at one point began to question his everyday life...

One
of the things I love the most about cinema is that sometimes the most
mundane things, if you stare at them long enough, start to look unusual.
If we look deep enough at a regular chair, for example, at some point
it startsto seem like something completely unknown... If we start gazing
at things, in a moment we begin to ask questions: “What is a car?” – “A
big box with four wheels which people enter and then go out”... So,
sometimes the most banal and rational things become irrational. For me
the irrational is not in the dark and unlit corners, in strange music
and aliens. I think the very fact that we have houses and cars and
roads, is strange and disturbing enough to begin with... As in Kafka –
we begin to think that just going to the neighboring village is
dangerous for us, that crossing the road is impossible. And my film is
imbued with this feeling of insecurity that a staring man experiences,
the man who dismantles the structures of everyday life...

Kafka
is a good comparison, on many levels. The characters in your film also
have this inner stiffness as Kafka’s protagonists...

Yes,
the man becomes an object. At some point you realize you are just put
somewhere: you do not use roads but they use you, you do not use stairs
but they use you. You are fully aware that man is not the master of the
world around him but the world uses him.

The film is extremely different from the atmosphere in The Band’s Visit, but at the same time, your manner can not be mistaken...

For
me there has never been quite such a difference between the two films,
because the language of cinema is ultimately the same, but, yes, as an
atmosphere The Band’s Visit is an optimistic film which looks for human interaction, while the The Exchange
is a film about the states of estrangement when people cease to
understand the other people and the world. May be at first glance it
seems like changing of the angle or style, but such is the life itself –
sometimes you feel full of love to the world and people, but sometimes
you just do not want to have anything to do with them.

 

Read the whole interview with Earn Kolirin on SIFF's website.

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International film festival for feature films, documentaries and shorts (mainly Bulgarian). Main themes: International competition for first and second films, Balkan & Bulgarian cinema, Cinema Europe, World screen, retrospectives.

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