Feature (official selection - TIFF 2017)


DIRECTIONS
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Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia | 2017 | 103’

DIRECTIONS


At a meeting with his banker, a small business owner, who drives a taxi to make ends meet, discovers the bribe he will have to pay to get a loan has doubled. He wants to remain an honest man. The ethics board that reviewed his complaint about extortion now also wants its share of the action. In desperate anger, he shoots the banker and then himself. The incident sparks a major national debate on talk radio about how despair has taken over civil society. Meanwhile, five taxi drivers and their passengers move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward – a new direction.

 

Screenwriter

Stephan Komandarev

Simeon Ventsislavov

Producer

Stephan Komandarev

DoP

Vesselin Hristov

Art Director

Maria Koycheva

Costume Design

Zaklina Krstevska

Editor

Nina Altaparmakova

 
UNWANTED
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Kosova | 2017 | 85’

 

UNWANTED

A lonely teenage boy, who lives in Amsterdam with his refugee mother from Kosovo, keeps getting into trouble while yearning for her acceptance. But the traumas caused by the war, which his mother initially hides away from him, turn his world upside down.

 

Festivals - Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF, East of the West Competition

Prishtina International Film Festival

 

Written

Edon Rizvanolli

Director of Photography

Danny Noordanus

Production Manager

Danielle Bremer

Co-producers

Annemiek van Gorp

René Goossens

Producer

Edon Rizvanolli

Starring

Adriana Matoshi

Jason de Ridder

 
MOTHERING
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Iran | 2017 | 77’

 

MOTHERING

 

MOTHERING is a film about two sisters who live in Yazd, a city located in the deserts of Iran. One of the sisters has abandoned her love and the other has been abandoned by hers…

 

Written

Roqiye Tavakoli

Producer

Siyavash Haghighi

Production Company

Aseman Honar

Co.Director of Photography

Morteza Gheidi

Editor

Hayedeh Safiyari

Cast

Nazanin Bayati

Houman Seyedi

 
MINISTRY OF LOVE
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Croatia | 2016 | 103’

MINISTRY OF LOVE


Krešo, a hapless biologist-turned-bureaucrat, lands the least desirable government job in Croatia: spying on war widows in order to cut off their pensions should they find new partners. But what his bosses, including his father-in-law, don’t know is that he just may be romance’s unlikeliest champion.

 

Writer

Pavo Marinkovic

Director of Photography

Simon Tanšek

Editor

Dubravko Slunjski Producers

Stanislav Babic Julietta Sichel

Cast

Stjepan Peric

Dražen Kühn

Ecija Ojdanic

Olga Pakalovic

 
GLORY
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Bulgaria | 2016 | 97’

GLORY


Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, and the state rewards him with a new wristwatch, but soon the new watch stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch. And here starts his desperate struggle to get his old watch back, as well as his dignity.

 

Writing

Kristina Grozeva Petar Valchanov Decho Taralezhkov Photography

Krum Rodriguez

Editing

Petar Valchanov

Music

Hristo Namliev

Cast

Stefan Denolyubov Margita Gosheva Decho Taralezhkov Ana Bratoeva

Produced by

Kristina Grozeva Petar Valchanov

Co-producer

Graal Films Konstantina Stavrianou Irini Vougioukalou


Festivals - Awards

Nominated Golden Leopard - Locarno International Film Festival 2016

Don Quixote Award / Special Mention - Locarno International Film Festival 2016 Best International Feature Film - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

Best Balkan Film - Sofia International Film Festival 2017

Special Jury Award - Transilvania International Film Festival 2017

 
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