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SOFIA 2019

12 features to compete for the Grand Prix at the 23rd Sofia IFF

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- Among the competition titles there are two Bulgarian productions, A Picture with Yuki and The Pig

12 features to compete for the Grand Prix at the 23rd Sofia IFF
A Picture with Yuki by Lachezar Avramov

The most important film event in Bulgaria, the Sofia International Film Festival, will kick off its 23rd edition on 7 March with a screening of Walking on Water [+see also:
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 (USA/Italy), a documentary by Andrey Paounov about one of the country’s most famous artists, Christo.

After four consecutive editions when a Bulgarian production, or at least a feature with a primarily Bulgarian core, won the festival’s Grand Prix (Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s The Lesson [+see also:
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 in 2015, Eliza Petkova’s Zhaleika [+see also:
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 in 2016, Ralitza Petrova’s Godless [+see also:
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 in 2017 and Ilian Metev’s 3/4 [+see also:
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 last year), the tradition may continue thanks to two new local features: Lachezar Avramov’s A Picture with Yuki [+see also:
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 (Bulgaria/Japan) and Dragomir Sholev’s The Pig [+see also:
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 (Bulgaria). 

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The other ten first or second features in competition are Bartosz Grudziecki’s Wall [+see also:
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(Poland/Germany), Ali Jaberansari’s Tehran: City of Love [+see also:
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 (Iran/UK/Netherlands), Daishi Matsunaga’s Hanalei Bay (Japan), Steve Krikris’ The Waiter [+see also:
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 (Greece), Xin Zhu’s Vanishing Days (China), Sefa Öztürk’s Trust (Turkey), Marius Olteanu’s Monsters. [+see also:
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 (Romania), Ömür Atay’s Brothers [+see also:
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 (Turkey/Germany/Bulgaria), Eva Ionesco’s Golden Youth [+see also:
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 (France/Belgium) and Nora Fingscheidt’s System Crasher [+see also:
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 (Germany).

The festival has also announced the 12 titles in the Balkan competition: Nikos Labôt’s Her Job [+see also:
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 (Greece), Bujar Alimani’s The Delegation [+see also:
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 (Albania/France/Greece/Kosovo), Tolga Karaçelik’s Butterflies [+see also:
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 (Turkey), Ognjen Glavonic’s The Load [+see also:
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(Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Quatar), Paul Negoescu’s The Story of a Summer Lover [+see also:
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 (Romania/Bulgaria), Vladimir Blazevski’s Year of the Monkey [+see also:
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(Macedonia/Serbia/Slovenia/Kosovo), Tonia Mishiali’s Pause [+see also:
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(Cyprus/Greece), Hüseyin Karabey’s Insiders (Turkey), Martin Turk’s Good Day’s Work [+see also:
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 (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Ioana Uricaru’s Lemonade [+see also:
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 (Romania/Canada/Germany/Sweden). 

The festival’s Sofia edition will end on 17 March, with smaller editions being hosted in the cities of Plovdiv, Burgas and Varna until 29 March.

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