Sofia Film Fest

By Desi, 04.06.2018

Vazrazhdane hall
Single ticket – 3.00 lv.
Ticket for all movies – 19.00 lv.


June 7th Thursday

06:00 p.m.



Director – Sean Baker
Script – Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Camera – Alexis Zabe
Music – Lorne Balfe
With – Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberley Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, Caleb Landry Jones, Mela Murder, Aiden Malik, Josie Olivo, Sandy Kane, Macon Blair
Producers – Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Shih-Ching Tsou, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri
Production – June Pictures, Cre Film, Freestyle Pictures Company


Orlando, Florida. Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) is only 6, but has one heck of a temperament. Her precocious pranks don’t seem to bother her very young mother Halley (Bria Vinaite). Like all the inhabitants of the Magic Castle motel, Halley is on a shaky financial footing and thus forced to get through life by more or less respectable means. She’s supported by the motel manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe) who has a big heart and is always trying to bring order to the chaos of her life. The Florida Project is a happy film about an unhappy world – with an excellent Willem Dafoe in the leading role.


08:00 p.m.



Director – Ildikó Enyedi
Script – Ildikó Enyedi
Camera – Máté Herbai
Music – Ádám Balázs
With – Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy, Itala Békés, Éva Bata, Pál Mácsai, Zsuzsa Járó, Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei, Tamas Jordan
Producers -
Production – Inforg-M&M Film


A slaughterhouse in Budapest is the setting of a strangely beautiful love story. No sooner does Mária start work as the new quality controller than the whispers begin. At lunch the young woman always chooses a table on her own in the sterile canteen where she sits in silence. She takes her job seriously and adheres strictly to the rules, deducting penalty points for every excessive ounce of fat. Hers is a world that consists of figures and data that have imprinted themselves on her memory since early childhood. Her slightly older boss Endre is also the quiet type. Tentatively, they begin to get to know each other. Recognising their spiritual kinship, they are amazed to discover that they even have the same dreams at night. Carefully, they attempt to make them come true. This story of two people discovering the realm of emotions and physical desire, at first individually and then together, is tenderly told by director Ildikó Enyedi, but in a way that also exudes subtle humour. A film about the fears and inhibitions associated with opening up to others, and about how exhilarating it can be when you finally do.



June 8 Friday

06:00 p.m.



Director – Wim Wenders
Script – Erin Dignam (based on the novel by Jonathan M. Ledgard)
Camera – Benoît Debie
Music – Fernando Velázquez
With – Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Celyn Jones
Producer – Cameron Lamb
Production – Lila 9th Productions, Backup Studio, Neue Road Movies, Morena Films


Submergence is a love story that takes us into the extremely different worlds of our two protagonists, Danielle Flinders (Alicia Vikander) and James More (James McAvoy). They meet by chance in a remote hotel in Normandy where they both prepare for a dangerous mission. They fall in love almost against their will, but soon recognize in each other the love of their lives. When they have to separate, we find out that James works for the British Secret Service. He’s involved in a mission in Somalia to track down a source for suicide bombers infiltrating Europe. Danielle ‘Danny’ Flinders is a bio-mathematician working on a deep sea diving project to support her theory about the origin of life on our planet. Soon, they are worlds apart. James is taken hostage by Jihadist fighters and has no way of contacting Danny, and she has to go down to the bottom of the ocean in her submersible, not even knowing if James is still alive…


08:00 p.m.



Director – Ruben Östlund
Script – Ruben Östlund
Camera – Fredrik Wenzel
With – Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Laessø
Producers – Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
Production – Plattform Produktion


Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.



June 9th Saturday

04:00 p.m.



Director – Julian Rosefeldt
Script – Julian Rosefeldt
Camera – Christoph Krauss
Music – Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen
With – Cate Blanchett
Producer – Julian Rosefeldt
Production – Bayerischer Rundfunk, Ruhr Triennale, Schiwago Film


Julian Rosefeldt’s film Manifesto pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artistic manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today. Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. Passing the ideas of Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, and other creators through his lens, Rosefeldt has edited and reassembled thirteen collages of artists’ manifestos.


06:00 p.m.



Director – Fatih Akin
Script – Fatih Akin, Hark Bohm
Camera – Rainer Klausmann
Music – Josh Homme
With – Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Johannes Krisch, Samia Chancrin, Numan Acar PRODUCERS
Producers – Ann-Kristin Homann, Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, Fatih Akin, Herman Weigel
Production – Bombero International, Macassar Productions


While tattooed Katja, her ex-con Kurdish-German husband, Nuri, and their young violin-playing son, Rocco, might seem at first glance like an atypical family, in a few short scenes we come to understand the messy and beautiful reality of their life. So, when sudden tragedy strikes in the form of a neo-Nazi terrorist attack, the impact is all the more profound. Katja now finds herself alone, facing grief and imposing probing from authorities and family alike. Her only relief comes in the form of hard drugs and the thought of what her husband might do in her place. Wrestling between fragile moments of self-destruction and those of unwavering commitment to avenging the deaths of her family, Katja’s love for Nuri and Rocco is never far away, and neither is her pain.


08:00 p.m.



Director – Andrey Zvyagintsev
Script – Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Camera – Mikhail Krichman
Music – Evgeni Galperin
With – Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvei Novikov, Marina Vasilyeva, Andris Keiss, Alexey Fateev
Producers – Alexandre Rodnyansky, Serguey Melkumov
Production – Arte France Cinéma, Fetisoff Illusion, Les Films du Fleuve, Non-Stop Productions, Senator Film Produktion, Why Not Productions


Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears…



June 10 Sunday

06:00 p.m.



Director – Michel Hazanavicius
Script – Michel Hazanavicius
Camera – Guillaume Schiffman
With – Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot, Grégory Gadebois, Felix Kysyl
Producers – Michel Hazanavicius, Florence Gastaud, Riad Sattouf
Production – Les Compagnons du Cinéma


Paris 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the most renowned filmmaker of his generation, is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne Wiazemsky, 20 years his junior. Happy, in love, magnetic, they marry. But the film’s reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc. The events of May ‘68 will amplify this process, and the crisis that shakes Jean-Luc will change him profoundly, from star director to Maoist artist outsider.


08:00 p.m.



Director – Stephan Komandarev
Script – Simeon Ventsislavov, Stephan Komandarev
Camera – Vesselin Hristov
With – Anna Komandareva, Vassil Vasilev – Zuek, Ivan Barnev, Borislava Stratieva, Georgi Kadurin, Assen Blatechki, Dobrin Dossev, Gerasim Georgiev
Producers – Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova
Production – Argo Film


In the span of twenty-four hours, while the death of one person gives a chance for a new life to another, in a six taxicabs in Sofia, the destinies of different people from contemporary Bulgarian reality are irrevocably intertwined. Six stories, filmed in ‘one shot’ style.