2014, Colour, Germany, Bulgaria, World Competition


Production Team

Director : Georgi Balabanov

Screenwriter : Jean-Claude Carrière, Georgi Balabanov

Cinematographer : Stefan Ivanov

Editor : Vessela Martschevski

Cast : Mihail Bilalov, Hristo Shopov, Georgi Novakov, Anjela Ndyalkova, Ana Papadopulu, Radina Kardjilova, Bogdan Glishev

Music : Mario Scheider

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Dimitar Gotchev, Kamera, Veliko Tarnovo 22, Sofia 1000 (Bulgarie), tél.: +35 (988) 8833 3343, / Ostlicht Filmproduktion, Weimar (Allemagne).



In the late 1980s, stage actor Alexander Petrov is banned from theatre without any apparent reason. When he reappears, after the demise of the Communist regime, he discovers that he had been denounced by the one man he admired most, his master and friend. He discovers this fact at the very moment that he is called upon to deliver a funeral eulogy for the man. Devastated, Petrov declares that he is retiring from public life. That’s when Markov offers his help. An old acquaintance, Markov was a former director of the secret service, who has become a successful businessman. Now, in the mid-1990s, the country is wracked by unretstrained capitalism, along with violence and gang wars. Markov, an admirer of Petrov’s stage talents, offers to make him the leader of a new political party aiming at rescuing the country. Can this work? Is Markov the right man to be allied with? Petrov must make a fateful decision.



Born in Sofia in 1951, Bulgarian filmmaker Georgi Balabanov graduated from The National Theatre Academy of Sofia and worked as a director at the Theatre of Pazardzhik in the 1970s. In 1981 he directed his first short film, Commemoration, a prizewinner at primer in several European festivals. After a series of films on Bulgarian painters and a stint at the Théâtre du Soleil, he settled in Paris and pursued a career as an independent filmmaker. Selected filmography: Shadow Hunter (1991), THE BORDER OF OUR DREAMS (doc. 1996), THE MISFORTUNES OF SOFIA (doc. 2000).



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