Kinomania Film Festival returns to Sofia for its 29th annual edition, between November 12 and 29. This year’s event does not have a particular focus, but, as usual, film aficionados can expect a wide selection of recent Bulgarian productions and films that have been premiered at major international festivals.
The festival’s strategic partnership with the Institut Francais once again brings a full slate of French films, including Julie Delpy’s Lolo, Gaspar Noe’s Love and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Le Dernier Loup (a Chinese-French co-production in Mandarin and Mongolian).
Woody Allen, a frequent presence at previous Kinomania festivals, is represented by his latest film Irrational Man. The programme also includes two 1950s classics in Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil and Charles Walters’ High Society.
Biopics and documentaries are also well-covered by Carlos Saura’s Zonda: Folclore Argentino, Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon, Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words, Mario Monicelli’s Un amico magico: il maestro Nino Rota, as well as Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender, who plays Jobs, can also be seen in the latest big-screen adaptation of Macbeth, while fans of Benedict Cumberbatch can also see a screening of the recent Hamlet stage production at the Barbican.
The films will be screened at the National Palace of Culture (NDK) Hall 1, at the Cinema House, Euro Cinema, Cinema Odeon, Cinema Lumiere and the Institute Francais. 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.