The Father

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    The Father

    Bashtata

    Directed by

    Bulgaria, Greece

    2019

    90 min

    • Bulgarian

    Drama

    Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Ivanka. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cellphone, Vasil seeks out the help of a well-known psychic in order to contact his wife. His son Pavel tries to bring him to his senses, but Vasil stubbornly insists on doing things his own way...

    Awards

    • Grand Prix Crystal Globe - Karlovy Vary IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ivan Barnev
    Ivan Savov
    Screenplay
    Kristina Grozeva
    Petar Valchanov
    Cinematography
    Krum Rodriguez
    Editing
    Petar Valchanov
    Music
    Hristo Namliev
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT
    Production
    ABRAXAS FILM LTD.

    Press

    An engaging, absurdist exploration of loss.

    Ştefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    A supremely well-honed comedy, segueing between farce and satire, with a little sweet profundity in the mix as father and son reconfigure their relationship after years of ill will.

    Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

    Feeding off a fine script, both stars play their characters dead straight.

    Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

    Kristina Grozeva

    Kristina Grozeva

    Bulgaria

    Routine is the greatest enemy of any creative process. It is essential to... preserve that grain of truth that has given birth to the desire to tell it.

    Kristina Grozeva was born in 1976 in Sofia. She graduated from Sofia University and started work as a TV journalist. In 2005 she completed the speciality of film and TV directing at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in the class of Georgi Dyulgerov. Her short films have won several awards at international student film festivals. She won the "Jameson" award for best Bulgarian short film for FAMILY THERAPY at Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF), 2008. Since then, she has been working in tandem with her husband, film director Peter Valchanov: PARABLE OF LIFE – documentary (2009), EMERGENCY LANDING(2010 ), JUMP (2012). THE LESSON (2014) is their debut feature film, of which Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov are script writers and producers. The world premiere of the film was held at the Toronto Film Festival within the Contemporary World Cinema program. The awards won by the film at the festivals in San Sebastian, Warsaw, Tokyo, Thessaloniki, Angers and Gothenburg turned it into the most awarded film of the new Bulgarian cinema. GLORY(2016) co-director Petar Valchanov is awarded Special Mention of the International film societies at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.

    Selected Filmography

    Petar Valchanov

    Petar Valchanov

    Bulgaria

    Born in Bulgaria in 1982, Petar Valchanov graduates in film and TV directing at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia. He directs numerous short films including SHOCK (2001), RESSURECTION (2004), CAPTURED (2005) and FAMILY THERAPY (2008), which he co-writes with Kristina Grozeva and which is awarded, among others, the Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian short film at the Sofia Film Fest. GLORY(2016) is awarded Special Mention of the International film societies at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.

    Selected Filmography