The Serbian film director Goran Paskaljević will receive a prestigious award from the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the Sofia Film Fest. The organization has been giving our prizes at different film festivals since the 1970s. Jean-Luc Godard, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodóvar and many others have received FIPRESCI prizes in the past.
Goran Paskaljević will be awarded by the Secretary General of FIPRESCI, Klaus Eder, on March 12th, 2017, at 18:30 hrs., at the “Lumière Lidl” cinema in Sofia, at the premiere of Paskaljević’s latest film “Land of the Gods” (photo above), which is an Indian-Serbian co-production.
The movie is about Rahul, who returns to his village in the Himalayas after years in exile. The villagers are not happy because they have never forgiven him his sins in the past. The Indian actor Victor Banerjee (photo above) plays the main role. This film has a high rating of 7.9 out of 10 on imdb.com.
Even before the screening, on March 12th at 12:00 noon, Klaus Eder will conduct an interview with Goran Paskaljević at the House of Cinema.
The Sofia Film Fest also provides opportunities for young directors, who are not as famous and successful yet. In so-called Sofia Meetings, they can present their first projects to potential co-producers.
Countless awards will be given out at this year’s 21st edition of the Sofia Film Fest. This includes the Sofia Award, which will be handed over to the legendary actress Stoyana Mutafova, who is 95 years old and still active, both on stage and in front of the camera.
On top of that, there is the “Lidl Audience Award”. Lidl, the German supermarket chain, is the main festival sponsor. The company will be giving out an award for the Best Bulgarian Feature and one for the Best International Film. Both of these will be distributed at a large ceremony on March 18th, 2007 at 19:00 hrs., at the National Palace of Culture, hall no. 1. A total of 23 films are competing for those prizes. All of them are listed here (in Bulgarian only, since the Sofia Film Fest seems to have given up on the English version of its website).
Film Fest visitors might not just run into famous directors, but also actors. Rupert Everett, John Savage and Deborah Kara Unger are in Sofia. So are countless actors from Bulgaria, including Anjela Nedyalkova. The Sofia Film Fest‘s website can be found here.