Lovers of good films have been waiting for this since the last Sofia Film Fest ended. Today, the 21st edition starts. Famous actors, from both Bulgaria and abroad, will be presenting their work. Breathtaking movies, too many to watch in a lifetime, will be screened at several participating cinemas and venues.
Rupert Everett, the British actor and Gay rights advocate will be in Sofia. So will his American colleague John Savage. Bulgarian legends will be coming as well, including the 95-year-old actress Stoyana Mutafova, who is still very active and who will be honoured.
Along with the film fests in Cannes and Berlin, the Sofia Film Fest has become an important event on this continent.
Among the excellent Bulgarian motion pictures screened is “September”, which is actually a Bulgarian-Portuguese co-production, and “Lea”, a brand new Bulgarian film about a love story between a man and a young girl, about broken relationships and their consequences.
“Village People” is yet another new Bulgarian production. The movie is about a deserted train station in the middle of nowhere, in which trains only stop because they are scheduled to do so, and about the people in the near-by village.
Movie classics will also be part of the very diverse programme. John Savage will present two classics he was part of: “The Deer Hunter”, released in 1978, and the movie adaption of the musical “Hair”, which hit the cinemas in 1979.
“Bagdad Café”, a German-American production released in 1987, will be screened in Sofia as well. This one tells the story of a typical Bavarian lady who gets stuck in a run-down Diner, in the middle of some Californian desert.
The Sofia Award, which is basically the Bulgarian equivalent of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, has been handed over to Bulgarian and foreign stars in the past years, such as the genius composer and pianist Milcho Leviev, the actress Claudia Cardinale from Italy, the German film director Volker Schlöndorff or his Greek-French colleague Costa-Gavras. This time, Stoyana Mutafova will receive the Sofia Award.
By now, the Sofia Film Fest draws quite a few visitors from abroad. In Cannes, people might need a Bugatti and a Platinum credit card in order to be part of it all. In Sofia they do not.
The Sofia Film Fest starts today and ends on March 31st, 2017.
By Imanuel Marcus