The first clapperboard slams for Kamen Kalev’s February
by Fabien Lemercier
- The Bulgarian filmmaker has kicked off the shoot for his fourth feature, produced by Waterfront Film and co-produced by Koro Films
Friday will mark the start of the shoot for February, the fourth feature by Bulgarian filmmaker Kamen Kalev, who was trained at Parisian film school La Fémis and took part in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2009 and 2011 with Eastern Plays [+see also:
interview: Kamen Kalev
film profile] and The Island [+see also:
film profile], before going on to helm Face Down [+see also:
film profile] in 2015. The cast includes his fellow countryman Dimitar Radoinov, among other actors.
The story, written by the director himself, traces the life of a man at eight, 18 and 82 years of age, in his village, outside the village, and in the beating sun and the freezing snow. The course of his monotonous existence seems to have been written out in advance and be bereft of meaning. In spite of everything, an invisible force exists within him that mysteriously propels him forwards, towards death…
Produced by Waterfront Film (the director’s Bulgarian company), February is being co-produced by France’s Koro Films (Céline Chapdaniel and Diane Jassem) with backing from Eurimages, the National Film Center of Bulgaria and the Cinécap Sofica. The six-week shoot in Bulgaria will get under way with a ten-day session starting on 22 February before continuing in August. The French release will be handled by UFO Distribution.
As a reminder, Koro Films currently has La nuit venue by Frédéric Farrucci (see the article) and 100 kilos d’étoiles by Marie-Sophie Chambon (see the article – set to be released in the summer by Bac Films) in post-production.
(Translated from French)
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