Our latest project TRIUMPH will be one of sixteen feature film projects to be presented at this year's Mercato Internazionale Audiovisio (MIA) in Rome, one of the leading international co-production markets.
The project will be publicly pitched by Petar Valchanov and co-writer Decho Taralezhkov at the event on October 17, 2019, and will compete for a 20 000 euro production subsidy provided by Eurimages.
THE FATHER won the Best Directing and Audience Choice Awards at the ninth Sakhalin International Film Festival "On the Edge - East". Our co-writer and assistant director Decho Taralezhkov received the awards at the official ceremony on August 30, 2019, in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Following festival selectioner Alexei Medvedev's introduction to "The Father" that "this is a film about me", many audience members came to share the very same impression and express sincere gratitude for the film to our overwhelmed delegate. Many admited that the film made them immediately call their parents.
This is for us a great recognition, especially in regard to the exceptionally strong competition program, which included Cannes and Berlin films such as Werner Herzog's latest "Family Romance, LLC" and this year's Un Certain Regard directing award winner "Beanpole" by young Russian director Kantemir Balagov, who collected the accolades for Best Film and Best Female Leads. Another Bulgarian connection in the official selection was Berlin-based director Simona Kostova, who competed with her debut Rotterdam and Berlin hit "Thirty".
THE FATHER will have its North American premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, one of the leading film events in the world.
The film will be part of the Contemporary World Cinema section along with another Bulgarian title, Theodore Ushev's animated adaption of "The Physics of Sorrow" by Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov.
Contemporary World Cinema focuses on foreign films often coming from Latin America and Eastern Europe. The program aims to transcend borders and provide a contemporary picture of the world outside of the North American continent.
"The Father" received the Crystal Globe for best film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in a gala ceremony held on Saturday, July 6.
This marks a remarkably strong start for the film, which had its world premiere at the festival's main competition. This year's grand jury was composed of Czech screenwriter Štěpán Hulík, Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir, Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, Greek actress and theater director Angeliki Papoulia, and French writer and producer Charles Tesson.
The third feature of Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, “The Father”, will have its world premiere on July 2, 2019 at the 54 th Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, the leading movie event in Central and Eastern Europe. The directorial duo’s new intimate family drama will race against 11 titles in the festival’s geographically diverse main competition program. The film, co-produced by Greek production house Graal Films, stars Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov in the main roles of an estranged son and father, who have to deal with the sudden passing of their mother and wife and her even more sudden attempt to phone the neighbour from the afterlife. en
The latest project of Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, “Triumph”, received the production financing grant of the Bulgarian National Film Center (NFC), the NFC announced on May 31, 2019. “Triumph” will be the final installment in the directorial duo’s “Newspaper Clippings” trilogy after the internationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning “The Lesson” (2014) and “Glory” (2016). Developed together with “Glory” co-writer Decho Taralezhkov, the story will present a fictionalized account of the stranger-than-fiction events that occurred during a top-secret parapsychological experiment of the Bulgarian army in the tumultuous first two years of the country’s transition to democracy. The project was one of three to receive the low-budget production grant in the NFC’s first call for 2019. en