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The best of European cinema in Sofia

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The best of European cinema in Sofia

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, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s 2005 Palme D’Or winner, will open the Sofia International Film Festival tonight, one of the most prestigious film events in Eastern Europe.

The Belgian brothers will attend the festival along with Volker Schloendorff, Bent Hamer, Craig Lucas, Alexey Fedorchenko, Jan Cvitkovic, Isabelle Stever and Karen Shakhnazarov. A retrospective is being held on Sir Alan Parker, who will be onhand for the closing ceremonies on March 19.

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The 13 competition films will be seen by a jury made up of Russian critic and president of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Andrei Plakhov; Bulgarian filmmakers Nikolai Volev and Zlatina Russeva; Claudia M. Landsberger, president of European Film Promotion; and Irish director Lenny Abrahamson.

Almost all of the competition films are European, and include Angel's Fall (Turkey/Greece) by Semih Kaplanoglu; Contact (Macedonia/Germany) by debut director Sergej Stanojkovski; Doo Wop by France’s David Lanzmann; Love Sick (Romania/France) by another first-time filmmaker, Tudor Giurgiu; Murk (Denmark/UK) by Jannik Johansen; Seeds of Doubt by Germany’s Samir Nasr; and (Song of Songs [+see also:
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by the UK’s John Appignanesi.

Overall, the homage paid and sections dedicated to European and Bulgarian cinema are plentiful.

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(Translated from Italian)

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