directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
On the road to reconciliation.
A day after Valentina’s passing, 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.
DRAMA DCP/HD • 2019 • BULGARIA/GREECE • 87MIN
CAST Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE Bulgarian
PRODUCED BY Abraxas Film
CO-PRODUCED BY Graal Films, Dorje Film
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KRISTINA GROZEVA and PETAR VALCHANOV are a writer-producer director couple based in Sofia, Bulgaria. They first met at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts and have been working together ever since. In 2009 they cemented this collaboration into their very own production company Abraxas Film. Their goal – to produce shorts, features and documentaries with memorable characters and gripping storylines that are equal parts amusing, upsetting and touching. Kristina and Petar’s short film debut “Jump” (2012) became the first Bulgarian film ever nominated for the European Film Award. Their independent micro-budget feature debut “The Lesson” (2014) and its follow-up “Glory” (2016) went on to become two of the most acclaimed Bulgarian films of the 21st century, garnering numerous awards both at home and around the world. The titles are parts of the directors’ so-called Newspaper Clippings Trilogy of stories inspired by media sensations depicting the absurdity of life in post-communist Bulgaria. The final installment, “Triumph”, is currently in development.
KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - Official Selection, Competition