What’s on: Kinomania 2013

Kinomania Film Festival returns to Sofia for its 27th annual edition, between November 14 and December 1. The festival is preceded by a retrospective of 12 Federico Fellini films already underway at Cinema Odeon – Fellini fans need not fear, the films will be screened again as part of the festival itself.

In addition to Fellini’s masterpieces – from I Vitelloni and La Strada to Amarcord and Roma, through La Dolce Vita and – Kinomania will also screen Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico, a portrait of Fellini based on the memories of his friend and fellow director Ettore Scola, released earlier this year.

A shorter retrospective celebrates Robert De Niro at 70 with four films directed by Martin Scorsese – Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy and New York, New York.

As in previous years, Kinomania will also feature a selection of films from the international festivals circuit that Bulgarian film aficionados are unlikely to see on wide release – Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Brian De Palma’s Passion, Stephen Frears’ Philomena and Kar Wai Wong’s The Grandmaster, to name a few.

Also well-represented in this year’s Kinomania are biopic films, with a selection that includes Andrzej Wajda’s Walesa: Man of Hope, Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Three Bulgarian documentaries are included on Kinomania’s slate, all as special screenings – Nayo Titzin’s Uncovering Salome, Rangel Vulchanov’s India Forever, as well as Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova’s Uncle Toni, the Three Stooges and the State Security (a look at the influence that the communist-era State Security had behind the scenes of the Bulgarian animated films industry in the 1970s).

The films will be screened at the National Palace of Culture (NDK) halls 1 and 3, at the Cinema House, Euro Cinema, Cinema Odeon and Cinema Lumiere. For a full list and screening times, visit the Kinomania website (in Bulgarian).

Tickets can be bought at the NDK ticket booths (9am to 7pm on weekdays, 10am to 7pm on weekends). Prices range between 10 and 12 leva.

Although Kinomania organisers do not specify so, cinema-goers should expect that the films will be screened in their original language, with Bulgarian subtitles.



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