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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.


Sylvia Kristel: I have no unfulfilled dream

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

How do you feel during the shooting process, do you experiences something new in this process?

were lucky to have Ognjen S. as a director. I met him at the IFF
Vlissingen where he asked me if I was still acting and would I like to
read his last script? I never expected to hear from him, it took a while
to find funds but to my big surprise I found myself in Croatia. Ognjen
took a lot of time for rehearsals and I loved that. He listened to his
actors and was also precise in his directions. We had a small wonderful
crew and the best catering people ever!! And we were shooting in the
beautiful rough nature of Croatia!! So the shooting went very well.

What could make you agree to take part in a film project – the script, the director, what are the
challenges for you as actress?

The script is most important, the director also. The biggest challenge is to walk and talk at the same time.

What you find interesting in the movies of young filmmakers, especially in European cinema?

There should be more money for young filmmakers.

Which are the books that you are reading these days?

I am reading FREEDOM of Jonathan Franzen at the moment.

I understood, you are permanently living in Amsterdam, it seems quite
attractive to live in this town, is there something that makes it
special and attractive for you, personally?

It is
wonderful to live in Amsterdam because it is close to Utrecht where my
sun lives. We have lunch at Tokyo Cafe in Amsterdam  twice a month.

Could you share with us how your typical day passes, these days?

a typical day would start with breakfast at 9 o'clock, go to the
fittnesscenter, lunch at 12.30, shop for grocery's and  newspapers,
check e-mail and correspondence. And after that, depending on the 
weather a powerwalk of 30 minutes. Diner, tv and bed.

Do you have a list of places, cities that you are always willing to return or would like to explore?

Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona etc.

What do you make you smile?

Nice people, babys and dogs.

What do you make you cry?

Films like Love Story always make me cry.

Your favorite season?


Your favorite song?

I love Beatlesongs.

Do you have special mantra for good luck?

I put on the right sock first.

Do you have an advice for young people who want to make movies?

Believe in your dream and work at it!!!

Do you have an unfulfilled dream?  

No unfulfilled dream but a deep wish to remain healthy., 8 March 2011


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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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