Things from the cinema: Stephan Komandarev

8 June 2017 text Natalia Ivanova photo Anelia Todorova
You may have already heard some of the following facts - for example, how he was a psychiatrist when he was given a camera or how the news that he was selected in Cannes Film Festival was in his spam, and after unusual silence they called from there with the question "Why didn't you react, aren't you happy? ". "Of course I was happy," says Stefan Komandarev, who sends his new film Directions with rough cut so he won't miss the deadline because "one has to take risks, otherwise nothing happens".

Now he became our first filmmaker, selected in the Un certain regard category since 1988, and his previous two feature films - The Courthouse and the World is big and  and salvation lurks around the corner - have a long list of prizes from Zurich and Paris to Taipei And Indianapolis. Now, ten countries have also bought Directions (which Variety compares with Jim Jarmusch and Jafar Panahi), but before we see it in Sofia in January, we talk to Stefan about the directions in his own life.


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