(( Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival ))

Varna 2014

The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Award

The main character,

Todor Cherkezov, has survived a car crash in which he lost/killed his wife. He himself was left half- blind. A man of vision, a film director, Todor Cherkezov has several dreams, which at first glance have no narrative connection. One plotline does unite them, however – the main character’s egoism.


In the first dream, he neglects his mother’s memory because of his sexual attraction towards Irina, his wife, but…

In the second dream, Todor is just about to cheat on his wife, but…

In the third dream, Todor stops his wife by force when she wants to leave him, but…

In the fourth dream, Todor manages to save his own life with his wife’s help, but…

In the fifth dream, Todor sacrifices himself for another person for the first time, but…

In the sixth dream, Todor is in the buffer zone, between life and the beyond – and is seeking forgiveness for his sins, but…

In real life, he is formally acquitted, but…

Director’s notes


“The world of the elderly is a world that is constantly shrinking.Little things become big. Few people are important to us, but they are very important.”

Federico Fellini


“…For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause…”

Hamlet, Shakespeare

“Dream is the single gate giving

the dead a chance to visit the living”

Atanas Dalchev

In recent years, I have had dreams similar to those in the film. Of course, I have tweaked them here and there, but in every one of the dreams there is a core which I have not touched – the original source. I have not touched it not out of superstition, but rather because I would like to trust my subconscious in its sense of death. I would like to share my fears and hopes.


“Hope” is hardly the most suitable word for this material/mystery, but for me it is important that it exist within the person who has set off towards THAT threshold. What is the price of this expiatory hope? The film seeks the answer to this question.

Is such an undertaking worthwhile in our commercialized times? As long as we are mortal, it is worth it. At least it seems so to me… because death is a part of life.


As far as the implementation is concerned, the film is realistic, without the hocus-pocus of computer-generated effects. First, because that’s how I dreamed it – as in realistic cinema. And second, because I want to avoid the style of people flying through ads and blockbusters.


I anticipate reproaches of the sort: “Viewers won’t watch that.” I have always argued that there is no single category of viewer. There are viewers who are looking only for entertainment, for “popcorn cinema.” But there are also other viewers, who ask themselves questions and seek their answers. I am convinced that we must think about them as well. Quantity should not be the sole and most important criterion when deciding whether making a given film is worthwhile.


And let me close with a quotation from the Bulgarian poet and dramatist Valery Petrov:


And I feel how my life has passed through me swirling,

in one hasty gushing, in a colorful whirling

from the child’s very cradle, the grave is in sight –

from whence all this jealousy, from whence all this spite?

There must be something more! And there on the grass,

the pale sun comes to meet me and smilingly asks:

“What are you seeking, young child now grown old?”

“Something tiny,” I say. “A little key made of gold.”


The film’s finale offers you my own “little gold key.” Surely someone will use it to open the door, beyond which the answer to that question lies…

Georgi Dyulgerov

Cast

ROUSY CHANEV as Todor Cherkezov

STEFKA YANOROVA as Irina Cherkezova

ROZALIA ABGARIAN as Psychologist

TIGRAN TOROSIAN as Young Todor

CHRISTINA IVANOVA as Young Irina

SNEZHINA PETROVA as Yana

IVAYLO HRISTOV as Damyan

Crew

written and directed by

GEORGI DJULGEROV

cinematography by

GEORGI CHELEBIEV

production design by

VANINA GELEVA

costume design by

DORIANA KEBEDZIEVA

music by

MIRA ISKAROVA

music by

HRISTO NAMLIEV

sound by

IVAYLO NATZEV

film editing by

ANTONIA MILCHEVA

produced by

NADEJDA KOSEVA

produced by

SVETLA TSOTSORKOVA


FRONT FILM


with the support of

BULGARIAN NATIONAL FILM CENTER

in co-production with

NU BOYANA FILM STUDIOS BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION “AUDIOVIDEO ORPHEUS”


ФРОНТ ФИЛМ  © 2014  FRONT FILM


Additional cast (in order of appearance)::


Mother – MEGLENA KARALAMBOVA

Daughter – SVETOSLAVA IVANOVA

Shusho – IVAN BARNEV

Wild and sexy driver – ANDREY ALTAPARMAKOV JR.

Prostitute – RALITZA TONCHEVA

Katya the godmother – DIMITRINA TENEVA

Musicians – MARTIN SVINAROV, YAN DUNEV

YAVOR ALEKSANDROV, HRISTO NAMLIEV

Old neighbor – GEORGE DANAILOV

Little daughter – FATME LEKINA

Macedonian mother – EMILIYA VASILEVA

Maria – ELITZA DJULGEROVA

Ivaylo Gatsev – STEFAN MAVRODIYEV

Cool Lyubo – MARIN YANEV

Koko the Iron Man – ILIAN BALINOV

Graffiti artist – OGNYAN KOSTOVSKI

Girl with burqa – ANTONIA MILCHEVA

Young Taliban – PAVEL PASKALEV

Angela – ANGELA RODEL

Press attaché – STOYKO ANGELOV

Guest at the house – ILIYA LYUTSKANOV

The man in the embassy – TOMA LYUTSKANOV

The conductor – ROUSY LYUTSKANOV

Film crew – YANCHO MIHAILOV, ALEXANDER TRAYANOV,

NEVENA ZLATANOVA – JAYA

Curly George – VALCHO KAMARASHEV

White floutist – DRAGOLJUB KOSTOV

Woman in Yanitsa – MARIA STOYANOVA

Woman with jars – ANI VULCHANOVA

Her husband Sotir – IVAN SAVOV

Scaredy-cat – TANYA SHAHOVA

Piano teacher – RADENA VALKANOVA

Young pianist’s Mother – LIUBOV LIUBCHEVA

Young pianist Yassen – YAVOR NAMLIEV

Teacher – SVETLA TSOTSORKOVA

Grandmother – TYANKA TODEVA


Talibans:

DIMITAR SARDZHEV, PAVEL VESNAKOV, GEORGE VYLKOV, NEDYALKO DELCHEV, PETAR VALCHANOV, TOSSEN RAMAR, CHAVDAR JIVKOV, DIMITAR KOSTOV, GEORGE GROSHKOV, VESELIN HRISTOV


Welcomers at train station:

IVAN IVANOV, STOYAN NIKOLAEV, BORIS PANKIN, SMILEN SAVOV, ZAHARI TANEV, RUMEN PAVLOV, SVETOSLAV STOYANOV, LUJBOMIR YONCHEV, BORISLAV MITREV, RUMEN DERTLIEV, ILIYA DANCHEV, LUJBEN TSVETKOV


Ghosts:

STELA IVANOVA, TODOR G. TODOROV, CHRISTINA GROZEVA, TEODOR FITCHEV, STANISLAV BOGOEV, GALINA GEORGIEVA, YANA LEKARSKA, IVETA-LUIS CONTRERAS, POLLY GUENTCHEVA, VIKTORIA DREHAROVA, ZORNITSA PETKOVA, PETYA LANDJEVA, JORDAN MIHAILOVSKI, MARIA VESELINOVA, SILVA MILKOVSKA, BORIS MITREV, MARTIN DJOLEV, YULIYANA CHALAKOVA, DANAIL VUCHKOV


Children from the 94th Kindergarten in Buhovo


Cinematic Dramaturge

ROUSY CHANEV


Assistant director

MARIA STOYANOVA


1st Assistant director and script collaborator

ANTONIA MILCHEVA


2-nd Assistant director

ANA KITANOVA


Script supervisor

EMILIYA VASILEVA


Camera operator

VESELIN HRISTOV


1-st Assistant camera

RUMEN DERTLIEV


Camera assistants

YANCHO MIHAILOV

NEVENA ZLATANOVA – JAYA


Steadicam

HRISTO GENKOV


File manager

NIKOLA ANGELOV


Video control

OGNYAN KOSTOVSKI


Photographer

YANA LOZEVA


Boom operator

ALEXANDAR TRAYANOV


Producer’s assistant

YULIANA CHALAKOVA


Line producer

ROUSY LYUTSKANOV


Location manager

ILIYA LYUTSKANOV


Production coordinator

TOMA LYUTSKANOV


Transport manager

EVA BAKARDJIEVA


Makeup artist

BISTRA KECHIDJIEVA


Wardrobe

DANIELA IVANOVA

SILVA MILKOVSKA


Art director

STOYKO ANGELOV


Property masters

VIKTOR CHERKEZOV

MARTIN DJOLEV


Gaffer

PLAMEN SOKLEV


Electricians

LJUBOMIR GOTSEV, VLADIMIR VARADINOV,

DIMITAR PETROV, KRASIMIR YORDANOV,

NIKIFOR SHOPOV, EMIL SPASOV,

MILEN DOBRINOV, KONSTANTIN POPOV


Grip

DANAIL VUCHKOV, PETAR ANEV, JULIAN GOTCHEV


Accounting

VLADIMIR TINEV, KATJA TSVETANOVA,

SILVIA ANESTIEVA, GALINA HRISTOVA


Organization assistants

SIMEON DOSEV, STANISLAV STOYANOV


Set dressing and special effects

RUMEN STOYCHEV – JUMBO, ROSSEN GIKOV,

MOMCHIL PUKOV, JAROSLAV KALTSU,

SANDRA STOYCHEVA, JORO DOLAPCHIEV,

TODOR STAMOV, VESELKA KUNCHEVA


Graphic designer

ORLIN ATANASOV


Production assistants

BORIS MITREV,

TEODOR FITCHEV, GEORGE GROSHKOV


Sound stage service

IVAN MITOV


Security

RUMEN IVANOV


Transportation

ANDREY ALTAPARMAKOV JR., GEORGE NIKOLOV, GEORGE ALEXANDROV, ILIYA

DANCHEV, IVANKO VESELINOV, KRUM IVANOV, KIRIL BOROVINOV, LUJBEN

TSVETKOV, NIKOLAJ ALEKSOV, STEFFAN SERAFIMOV, STEFFAN CHERESHARSKI


Aggregate

IVELIN IVANOV, STOYAN TSOKOV


Post-production supervisor and colorist

TODOR G. TODOROV


Graphic design and titles

VIKTOR ANDREEV


Soundsynch

VESELA VIDELOVA


Foley effects

TSVETAN KADIISKI, PETAR KADIISKI


ADR recordist

VALERIA POPOVA


Sound design studio

NU BOYANA FILM STUDIOS


ADR studio

OMEGA FILMS


Music recorded at

CITY Studio Sofia


Musical performances by

YILDIZ IBRAHIMOVA – vocal

MIRA ISKAROVA – vocal, piano

HRISTO NAMLIEV – piano, pipe organ, music recording

YAN DUNEV – trumpet

YAVOR ALEKSANDROV – drums

BOJAN SOLOVJOV – bass guitar

Insurances “ALLIANCE BULGARIA”

The team would like to thank:

HRISTO DIMITROV – HINDO, DIMITAR NIKOLOV, ELEN GERDJIKOV, ROSITSA

NESHKOVA,  KONSTANTIN STOYANOV, KONSTANTIN POPOV, IVELINA KOLEVA,

VIOLETA FOTEVA,  VYACHESLAV SHAINSKII, IGOR NOSOV, GEN. ZLATKO ZLATEV,

DEYAN TOMOV, SONJA BANKINA,  BORIS HRISTOV, ALEXANDAR DONEV, GRIGOR

BUCHKOV, NIKOLAY TOMOV, ATANAS LAZAROV,  SLAVKA ILIEVA, LYUBOMIR

MLADENOV, ALEXANDAR STAMBOLIISKI, KALIN VASILEV, PROF. DR. PETAR

SLAVEYKOV, DIANA KATSAMUNSKA, DETELINA CHOBANOVA, EMIL RIMOV,


STOYKA DISHLYANOVA, KIZME PENDEVA, GEORGE GELOV, ANTON GELOV, STEFAN

GELOV,  FATHER GEORGI SPASOV, BOYKA KOMOVA, DONKA SERAFIMOVA, SILVIA

DIMITROVA, KALINA PETKOVA,  VERA GANCHEVA, BURGAS MUNICIPALITY, HIDE FOR

BIRD-WATCHING AT THE LAKE ATANASOV RESERVE, HOTEL CHIIRITE (PLOVDIV,

RING ROAD)


THE FILM SUPPORTS THE CANDIDACY OF SOFIA AND THE SOUTHWESTERN REGION FOR EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019