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     2021 Panorama / Popular

    Bulgaria, 2013, 70’
    Director: Boriana Pouncheva
    Scriptwriters: Yurii Dachev, Tatiana Granitova, Boriana Pouncheva
    DOP: Tsvetan Nedkov
    Producer: Cinemascope – Ivan Nichev

    Ilia was a baby, when he was given up for international adoption, while our
    crew was shooting at an orphanage in 1993. Two decades later the young
    Frenchman arrived in Bulgaria to reunite with his mother and seven siblings.
    The film is an account of these moments overbrimming with emotions, amazement
    and mistrust, a surprise of the clash of cultures… The documentary also
    poses questions about what has happened to Branimira-Брани, John-Petko,
    Natalie-Danka and Joseph-Boian, Maria and Dian, who were adopted by
    foreigners before our eyes, which was captured by the camera. Bulgaria is the
    sole EU Member-State, giving children for international adoption.

    Boryana Puncheva is a famous Bulgarian film director, actress and producer. In
    1981-1993 she worked as a film director for Ekran TV Studio. In 1993 she
    became the lead director of Bulgarian National Television. Her documentary
    films “Kindergarten” (1981), “Manuela” (1985) and “Genko” (1994) have received
    many national and international awards. She has directed the most successful
    comic show “Club Nlo” (1996-2004). She was head of Bulgarian Cultural
    Institute in Warsaw, Poland and afterwards she became the leading producer in
    the Film Production studio “Ekran” in Bulgarian National Television.

    Screening: 18.09.2021, 17:00h, Arena Cinema

    • Listing ID: 1038