"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