Whoever is older than 35, and kept up to date with major movies just before the new millennium forced itself into our lives, knows Deborah Kara Unger. In “The Game”, she played the organizer of the same, which was supposed to bring excitement back into a rich guy’s life, portrayed by Michael Douglas. That was in 1997. Two years later, “The Hurricane” hit movie theaters across the globe. It’s the true story about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, in which Deborah Kara Unger played Lisa, a chain-smoking lady who would help free Rubin, who was locked up in jail for decades, for a crime others committed.
As a jury member at the Sofia Film Fest, the great Canadian actress, who was born 50 years ago in British Columbia and lives Vancouver, Los Angeles and Berlin, will have the time to present a screening of “The Game” personally. Along with John Savage, Rupert Everett and others, Deborah Kara Unger is part of a rather large travel party of famous actors from abroad, who will be taking part in the Film Fest.
In the festival’s jury, Unger will be joined by Anjela Nedyalkova. The Bulgarian actress is part of the motion picture “T2 Trainspotting”, which was shot eight years after her first appearance in a movie. The latter was the Bulgarian production “Eastern Plays” by Kamen Kalev. Also, she got an honorary diploma at last year’s Sofia Film Fest, for her role in the 2015 film “The Paradise Suite”
It is easy to guess the nationality of someone with a name like Manfred Schmidt. The movie expert, who is also part of the Sofia Film Fest’s jury this year, worked for the Maxim Gorki Theater in East Berlin from 1969 to 1981 and, most recently, as a chief executive for MDM in Germany, a position in which he decided which feature films would be supported financially. Yet another jury member is Elitza Petkova from Veliko Tarnovo. She received the Big Award at last year’s Film fest for her movie “Zhaleika”.
The Sofia international Film Festival will start this coming week, on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 and last until March 31st. In the 21 years since its foundation, it has become one of the most important film festivals in Europe, along with comparable events in Cannes and Berlin. Countless films will be screened in Sofia, during the event, including Oscar winner “Moonlight”. On top of that, awards will be distributed. One of those will be handed over to Stoyana Mutafova, a legendary Bulgarian actress, who still hits stages almost every night, at age 95.