I See Red People

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    I See Red People

    Je vois rouge

    Directed by

    France, Bulgaria


    83 min

    • French
    • Bulgarian


    When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, Bojina was eight years old. A short time after, her father, an artist, moved with her from Bulgaria to live in Paris. Twenty years later, this young woman returns to Sofia on her own, intent on documenting everything. She senses that there is something unspoken in her family's past. Why were they always able to travel? Were her parents privileged? Bojina starts to confront them with uncomfortable questions. She learns that a good friend of her mother’s worked for the Bulgarian secret service and met her regularly to quiz her about her foreign contacts; she also learns that her father sold his paintings to members of the secret service. With a high degree of self-reflection, Bojina digs deeper into her family history and gets into an argument with her parents that escalates into a dispute about loyalty, post-communist arrogance and the right to one’s own history. Director Bojina Panayotova assembles archival footage, old family films and interviews to create a multi-layered, at times humorously exaggerated collage of sounds and images about a journey into the past which, once ended, will allow her to make a better start on her own future.


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    Bojina Panayotova
    Bojina Panayotova
    Xavier Sirven
    Léa Chatauret
    Elsa Jonquet
    Bojina Panayotova
    Emilian Gatsov


    Bojina Panayotova

    Bojina Panayotova


    Bojina Panayotova was born in Bulgaria in 1982. After the Berlin wall fell, at the age of eight, she emigrated with her family to France. After studying philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and cinema at La Fémis, she returned to Bulgaria and began to make “wild” films. She also works with director Boris Lojkine as screenwriter and script consultant. Her first feature documentary, I SEE RED PEOPLE, screened in the Berlinale Panorama section.

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