Screening of ‘The Lives of Others’ to launch 25 Years Free Bulgaria initiative

A screening of German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s 2006 film The Lives of Others, winner of that year’s Oscar for a foreign-language film, is to be the first event in the national campaign “25 Years Free Bulgaria” under the patronage of President Rossen Plevneliev.

The film will be shown in Sofia on September 20 2014 at 8pm at the place close to the National Art Gallery where the mausoleum of Bulgaria’s communist dictator Georgi Dimitrov stood from 1949 until 1999. Admission to the screening is free.

The 25 Years Free Bulgaria initiative will include a series of public debates, cultural events and international conferences to discuss what the country has gained and lost in the past quarter-century, a media statement by the organisers said.

The statement said of The Lives of Others: “Although fiction, the film is disturbing and tells a story very close to the Bulgarian reality and the times when the Bulgarian secret services had access to lives of ordinary people and decided the fate of many.

The film has been shown in Bulgaria previously only at the 2007 Sofia International Film Festival and on September 13 2014 at the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries.


For more information about the “25 Years Free Bulgaria” campaign: and on Twitter:\@25freebg.



The Sofia Globe staff

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