Al via il 23° Sofia International Film Festival
di Ştefan Dobroiu
- Il cinema polacco è al centro della sezione Focus di questa edizione, che proietterà 300 film dal 7 al 17 marzo
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The Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria’s most important film showcase and one of the most popular festivals in Eastern Europe, has already begun screenings for its 23rd edition on Thursday, 7 March. As many as 300 features and shorts, including some of the most recent Bulgarian productions, will be screened over the next 11 days in traditional and improvised venues.
The most eagerly awaited event of the first day is without doubt the screening of Andrey Paounov's Walking on Water [+leggi anche:
scheda film] (USA/Italy), a documentary that will reconnect Bulgarian audiences with the legendary environmental artist Christo, of Christo and Jeanne-Claude fame. The artist, now 83, is celebrated through a total of 11 documentaries grouped in a sidebar under his own name.
12 first or second features will be competing for the festival's top award, the Sofia City of Film Grand Prix, while an additional 12 features will be competing for awards in the Balkan competition section.
As always, Sofia IFF is an occasion to get acquainted with the newest Bulgarian features. Two of them, Lachezar Avramov’s A Picture with Yuki [+leggi anche:
scheda film], a rare Bulgaria-Japan co-production produced by Chouchkov Brothers, and Dragomir Sholev’s The Pig [+leggi anche:
intervista: Dragomir Sholev
scheda film], an independent feature produced by Gorilla Film, have a shot at winning the Grand Prix. An additional ten new features will join them in the New Bulgarian Features sidebar, with Tonislav Hristov's documentary The Magic Life of V [+leggi anche:
scheda film] (Finland/Denmark/Bulgaria) finally due to meet with Bulgarian audiences after a warm reception at Sundance.
Polish cinema takes centre stage in the Focus on Poland sidebar, while Krysztoff Zanussi, Bille August, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (whose Under the Wild Pear Tree [+leggi anche:
scheda film] will close the edition), Ulrike Ottinger and Trisha Ziff are due to have their work explored in various retrospectives and special screenings.
The 11-day event in Sofia will be followed by smaller editions in the cities of Burgas, Plovdiv and Varna. In addition to the main festival, Sofia IFF has organised the 16th edition of Sofia Meetings, which helps dozens of projects in development to meet new producers, festival organisers and world sales companies. Sofia Meetings kicks off on 13 March.
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