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Galin Stoev in post-production with The Infinite Garden

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- The director wants to challenge Balkan cinema with a contemporary urban love story

Galin Stoev in post-production with The Infinite Garden
Galin Stoev on the set of The Infinite Garden

The Infinite Garden, theatre director Galin Stoev's first feature, is now in post-production. The budget amounts to €500,000, with €300,000 coming from the Bulgarian National Film Center. For now, Agitprop is the film's sole production company, but producer Martichka Bozhilova is looking for co-production partners outside Bulgaria.

The Infinite Garden revolves around Philip (Martin Dimitrov from Eighteen), a man who seems to have it all. But despite his successful career and his beautiful girlfriend, Philip worries about his younger brother, Victor (Dimitar Nikolov from Hristo [+see also:
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), who is still suffering after the death of their parents years ago. Victor works at a flower shop owned by Emma (Elitsa Mateva), a slightly autistic woman who spends her time at the back of the shop, creating a model of a mystical garden. Meeting her will make Philip question his entire life.

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The screenplay was written by Yana Borissova and the director himself. The film was shot over 31 days by directors of photography Georgi Bogdanov and Boris Missirkov.

Producer Martichka Bozhilova describes the film as a “contemporary urban love story, which Bulgarian cinema has been lacking since 1989”. Director Stoev tells Cineuropa that with The Infinite Garden he wanted to “create a film that could challenge the cliché of what usually comes from the Balkans in terms of stories and problematics”. He describes the film as a “romantic and poetic love story in which no one touches anybody, but there is so much love in the space that separates the characters”. As for the visual approach, Stoev says his film is “a stylised world because it chooses to focus on what the characters hear, see or acknowledge, which makes it less realistic and more poetic”. 

The domestic release is expected for 2017.

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