• The Free Player

    7 May 2009

    text Dima Chakyrova, photos Valentin Danevski for Angel Kocev Studio

    Asen Blatechki loves to play and he does it well. He’s especially satisfied because of his new monospectacle Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll in Modern Theatre, and the public likes it as well. The programme of the actor for May and June is overfilled with engagements, but it doesn’t bother him at all – he’s happy and he finds a little time to drive fast his car or to surf.
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  • About the enthusiasm of the circle of enthusiasts Perde

    26 March 2009

    text Galina Keremedchieva

    We usually associate the 22th March with springtime set in. For four young people from Varna the date is the birthday of their artistic society, named Perde. They defined it as a “circle of enthusiasts, united by their interest to every kind of art, which provokes reflections, discussions and self-expressions.”
    One of them is Lubomir Sergeev, a professional photographer. Now he works on some large advertising campaign.
  • In Vitro Transformation

    12 February 2009

    text Galina Keremedchieva, pictures Ivailo Dobrev

    The realization of the project In Vitro is coming to its end. We aren’t talking about the national program for childless couples, but for a short movie with that actual title, produced by Artin Vision.
    We met the director Alexander Nikolov just after shots of one of the finale scenes. The date for the premiere is still not set, because the movie needs to be edited and an author’s music to be composed.
  • The Big Lunch

    4 December 2008

    by Diana Tomova

  • Cliffhanger

    4 December 2008

    by Nikola Shahpazov, photos Iliian Rujin, private archive

    Mihail Mihailov doesn’t seem like a man who just loves climbing up vertical cliffs. Nevertheless that is the thing he is extremely good at. He is not only climbing but he is doing that carrying a camera in his hand. He is presenting his film about the climbing of the 1068-metres high El Capitan wall at the Days of Challenges fest. Mihail Mihailov is the main character in the film and also the operator.
  • Our proud

    20 November 2008

    Petya Zlatanova

  • Rhapsody in Black

    25 September 2008

    text Irina Marinova, photos Ilian Rujin

    Iavor Gardev already rules the of theater world so he decided to try and conquer the cinema. His first step – Zift – is so splendid we are looking at him with awe. After months of talk about the success of the movie at a number of festivals this week Zift finally hits the screens here. In the meantime, Iavor is working on his next two cinema projects and his new play had its premiere in Varna.
  • The Call of the Wild

    18 September 2008

    text Diana Tomova, photos Ilian Ruzin

    Luc Jacquet is a very brave Frenchman, a biologist who made an amazing jump into the cinema. He spent one year among the ice blocks of Antarctica to shoot his film about the penguins The Emperor's Journey and returned with the Oscar Award for documentary  film. Only three after the award ceremony he took his camera again to make a film-fairy tale from one of his childhood memoriers – his enchanting meeting with one wild fox in the forest. The result is now at cinemas – after another year of shooting that film in the mountains of France where as a child Luc used to go to pick up mushrooms. The Fox and the Child has just arrived in Sofia together with Luc Jacquet himself. We met and talked to him just for 15 minutes but it was enough to show us how one can truely love nature without trying to put it on a leash.
  • 2:0 for Poland

    21 August 2008

    Andrzej Saramonowicz is known around the world as the author of the theater play Testosteron but he is actually the mainman behind some of the most popular Polish movies to come out lately – all of them humorous urban tales of war of the sexes, a struggle with ni actual winner. The cinema version of Testosteron and his latest hit Lejdis are already on their way to Varna for the Love is Folly festival. And although Andrzej won't come to present the movies himself, he was kind enough to explain all about machos, theatre and football in an exclusive interview for Programata.
  • Known By His Voice

    10 July 2008

    text Elena Peneva, photos Valentin Danevski for Angel Kotsev Studio

    Dr. House is going to a rally. Take it easy, the freak from the famous tv series had not thrown away his walking stick and his caustic remarks on the speedway. It's only Daniel Tsochev who doubles him in Bulgarian language and who has found a more extreme way of expressing his actor's talent. He is the narrator in the new 3D movie NASCAR.
  • Balkan Odyssey

    31 January 2008

    text Ekaterina Chilikova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    A film team dared to travel the way from Bulgaria, through Macedonia to Albania in order to study the inbuilt yet road that one day shall connect the Black Sea with the Adriatic. The result is a documentary movie entitled Corridor #8 that is among the selection of the Berlinale festival. The main merit goes to the director Boris Despodov who we know as a talented cartoon artist, but nothing prevents him from making documentary cinema with the same vigour.
  • To Sharks With Love

    24 January 2008

    text Ekaterina Chilikova, photos Mtel IMAX

    With obvious pleasure we put on our 3D glasses and take off for a trip deep in the ocean. The new movie Sharks 3D offers us a new spectacular diving while listening to unique music (played and recorded in Bulgaria). A week before the official premiere of the movie its director Jean-Jacques Mantello himself tells us of the survival of the world’s greatest see predators.
  • To Each His Own Cinema

    29 November 2007

    text Tanya Trendafilova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    You cannot definitely find the name of Nikola Boshnakov in the continuity titles of a reality show as a director. It’s not because he is not talented. He just does not let the commercial tsunami drag him down in the Showbiz Ocean. Nikola and his mates from the Bidon Film production create their own cinema where characters are taken from the life itself, speak street language without putting aside (self) irony. After producing a lot of stuff, Bidon Film has finally managed to have their first official premiere – the one of the movie Sofia Video Guide this week. The movie is like a documentary collage catching the spirit of our city – tourists will hardly like it but all people living in Sofia here and now will find it pretty interesting for sure.
  • Jump into the Future

    21 September 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Valentin Danevski for Angel Kotsev studio

    We have good news – the short film festival Future Shorts has already settled in Bulgaria. The person in charge here is Victoria Knish who told us more about this new act of art sharing. She is also an ecologically engaged photographer and designer. We keep a close watch on Victoria with admiration due to her unique photo sessions for some native lifestyle magazines, her amazing photos of ordinary and extraordinary people, the drawings in both Green jokers of Edno magazine and the new book of Gorichka. Victoria is a person from the future, you'd better follow her.
  • Short Circuit

    10 August 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Todor Tsvetkov for Angel Kotsev studio

    The Palace of Balchik gathers again around 400 crazy talents for the fifth International short film festival. We looked for the main person in charge to tell us more about it. He is Tsanko Vasilev – a man of 33, who has studied engineering ecology, informatics, twice directing and not only, but what is more important – he makes everything with an infectious enthusiasm.
  • Bulgaria Hotel

    6 July 2007

    text Diana Tomova

    You will find two charming Bulgarians in the second part of Hostel – the model-actress-photographer Vera Yordanova in an almost key role (as Axel) and Stanislav Yanevski, a.k.a. Viktor Krum from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Stanislav takes part in few scenes and has few words but we are just happy that a 22-year Bulgarian had something to do with Tarantino himself. Here he comes answering some life-important questions.
  • The girl with the camera

    20 April 2007

    text Mariana Hristova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    Mila from Mars movie acquainted us with Zornitsa Sofia. Since then we have been keeping a close eye on her projects while she never stops working. Her last documentary movie Modus Vivendi was presented in Sofia Film Fest in March and she starts the shootings of her second motion picture in autumn. Meanwhile there is a third one in progress but this is another story. Now Zornitsa Sofia has something to say about some dangerous blues.
  • Run Lora Run

    30 March 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    Dimitar Kotsev-Shosho does a lot of things, but one of them disturbs his sleep – after writing and publishing in a really cool format the novel Lora from Dusk till Down, he promised to make a movie out of it. It turned out not to be a joke – some time passed and here we are again talking with him about the casting and why Lora should be played by a brunette.
  • Luc and the Minimoys

    30 March 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Todor Tsvetkov for Angel Kotsev studio

    Frankly speaking, when we found out he was coming for the premiere of his new movie, we got a little bit anxious about it. At the same time his book in Bulgarian telling the story of the main character Arthur is on the market. The only obvious thing we could do is to take his interview. Here we are in the same room, face to face with the really modern story teller – Luc Besson.
  • Berlin Connection

    23 February 2007

    text Elena Peneva, photos Todor Tsvetkov for Angel Kotsev Studio

    Lately, we very often hear the name of Ivan Burnev and every time it is on a pleasant occasion. After Lady Z and The Assaults (Salza i Smiah New Drama Theatre), now he impresses us with something really big – a nomination for leading role in the Irzi Mencel’s film I Served the King of England from the Festival in Berlin. This is the first actor to appear at the festival for 20 years time! Even though Ivan did not receive the award we were so happy about his nomination that we hurried to find him and ask him about the most important things before the film is shown on the Sofia Film Fest. We are waiting excitedly.

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