Sofia Film Fest traditionally includes in its program documentaries, which have their first presentation to the Sofia audience.
Before the End by director Eldora Traykova, cameraman Emil Hristov and producer Asen Vladimirov won the Golden Riton Grand Prize at the Bulgarian Documentary and Animation Film Festival in Plovdiv 2020. A truly impressive story about an impending apocalypse, the last days of a village. The reason is coal deposits found on its territory and necessary for the operation of several thermal power plants in the industrial complex “Maritsa East”. Through the stories of the few remaining residents of the village, viewers see the reality and fate that awaits the locals – in their confessions — there is anger, helplessness, acceptance, but no hope.
Silent Legacy by director Petya Nakova and producer Katya Trichkova is a co-production with HBO Europe. Petya Nakova and the main character – Tanya are friends from their school years, and the story of the project begins with Tanya’s love for deaf children and her dedication as a teacher in a special educational center for people with hearing impairments. Life puts her to the test and she is forced to go abroad for treatment. Her 20-year-old daughter, Cathy, takes care of the center, as well as her younger sister. Cathy embarks on this life and professional challenge, relying on the strength of the family so that she and her mother can overcome the challenges of fate.
The third Bulgarian documentary in the program of the 25th SFF is a portrait film about the legendary favorite of the audience – Georgi Parcalev. His fate is intertwined with the history of the Satirical Theater, but also with that of Bulgarian cinema. During socialism, however, different sexual orientations were reason enough for an artist to be deprived of official awards and public recognition. The director of Parcalev is Valentina Fidanova, and the producer is Hristo Hristov.
The upcoming Sofia Film Fest will also screen Anna Kitanova’s documentary Destiny of a Bum. The film is the first documentary by the young director, whose graduation short film Lighthouse Woman participated in the competition programs of a number of international festivals. Destiny of a Bum recreates the story of 75-year-old Pavi (Pavel Yosifov) – a colorful person who lives in a mud house in the woods, without electricity and water. He does not stop writing and reading by candlelight, he dreams of publishing his own story and being recognized as a writer. The premiere of the film will be at the special edition of the 25th SFF in September 2021.