The Boy Who Was a King

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    The Boy Who Was a King

    Momcheto, koeto beshe tsar

    Directed by

    • Andrey Paounov

    Bulgaria, Germany

    2011

    90 min

    • English
    • Bulgarian

    Documentary

    TIFF - Real to Reel

    Royalty meets Reality: the biography of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha the exile boy-king who gloriously returned as a republican politician to fall from grace in one of the greatest experiments of democracy today.

    Awards

    • Best Documentary Feature - River Run IFF
    • Best Documentary Director & Best Sound - Bulgarian Film Academy

    Credits

    Cast
    Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
    Screenplay
    Andrey Paounov
    Cinematography
    Boris Missirkov
    Georgi Bogdanov
    Editing
    Georgi Bogdanov
    René Frölke
    Svetla Neykova
    Music
    Ivo Paounov
    Production
    AGITPROP
    Sales
    AUTLOOK FILMSALES

    Press

    Resisting standard documaking codes, Paounov's portrait of the unusual political career of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Bulgaria's child king during WWII and later elected prime minister, is also a study of his fellow Bulgarians

    Robert Koehler, Variety

    Errol Morris meets the Coens in a documentary delicacy to savour.

    Trevor Johnston, Time Out London

    Andrey Paounov

    Andrey Paounov

    Bulgaria

    Usually people tell you all the good things when the camera is off.

    Andrey Paounov is a writer/director best known for his non-fiction films, including GEORGI AND THE BUTTERFLIES (Silver Wolf winner, IDFA 2004), THE MOSQUITO PROBLEM AND OTHER STORIES (Cannes Critics’ Week 2007) and THE BOY WHO WAS A KING (premiered at Toronto International Film Festival). His films have screened at over 150 international film festivals and received more than 40 awards. Andrey’s live action/animation film THREE SISTERS AND ANDREY won the Best German Short Award and the Bulgarian Film Academy Award for Best Animation. WALKING ON WATER (2018) is his latest film.

    Selected Filmography