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The Father

A day after Valentina’s funeral, her bereaved husband Vassil and son Pavel find out that she persistently keeps trying to call the neighbour on the phone. A sucker for the supernatural, Vassil sets out on a trip to meet a famous medium, forcing his estranged son Pavel to tag along and make sure his nutty old dad stays out of harm’s way. The unhinged journey that follows will make them face the guilt they feel towards the one they lost and rediscover their relationship.

Bulgaria/Greece, 2019, 90 min., colour

Cast: Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov, Boyan Doychinov, Nikolay Todorov

Written by: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov and Decho Taralezhkov

Directed by: Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva

DoP: Krum Rodriguez

Production Design: Vanina Geleva

Sound Design: Ivan Andreev


Produced by: Abraxas Film

Co-producers: Graal Films

World Sales: WIDE, Eye on Films

Karlovy Vary IFF - Crystal Globe for Best Feature

Sakhalin IFF "On the Edge - East" - Best Directing

Sakhalin IFF "On the Edge - East" - Audience Choice

Tirana IFF - Golden Owl for Best Feature

Golden Rose Bulgarian Film Festival - Best Screenplay

Golden Rose Bulgarian Film Festival - Best Actor in a Male Role (shared between Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov)

Golden Rose Bulgarian Film Festival - Best Film

Minsk IFF Listapad - Special Prize of the Minsk City Executive Committee

Arras FF - Atlas d'Or for Best Picture

Arras FF - Critics' Award

Arras FF - Youth Jury Award

Trieste FF - Trieste Award for Best Feature Film


Karlovy Vary IFF 2019 – Main Competition

Sakhalin IFF "On the Edge - East" 2019 - Main Competition

Almaty FF, Kazahkstan

El Gouna FF, Egypt

Toronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

Tirana IFF - Main Competition

BFI London Film Festival - Laugh (side section)

Golden Rose Bulgarian Film Festival

IFF KineNova Skopje

Valladolid IFF

Minsk IFF Listapad

Arras FF

Trieste FF

Sofia IFF