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     2021 International Feature Documentary Film Competition / Popular

    Bulgaria/Finland, 2019, 87’

    Director: Tonislav Hristov

    Writer: Tonislav Hristov & Kaarle AHo

    Producer: Kaarle Aho & Kai Nordberg

    In coproduction with: Soul Food, Kirstine Barfod Film


    A young woman, called Veera, haunted by her childhood traumas is trying to become more independent through live-role-playing. As she guides herself and her mentally disabled brother through the world of multiple roles and identities, witches and wizards, she finally finds the courage to face the demons of her own past; namely their abusive father.

    Tonislav Hristov is a filmmaker born in Bulgaria, based in Finland and Bulgaria. He directed his first documentary Family Fortune (2008) for YLE Finland and the Bulgarian National Television. His feature debut Rules of Single Life (2011) found its way into both Finnish and Bulgarian distribution, winning Best Documentary at the Sofia IFF and screening at a variety of other fests (e.g. Jihlava IDFF, Sarajevo IFF). Hristov’s next three projects earned him great success and a rich festival career: Soul Food Stories (2013) was nominated for best documentary in the medium-length competition at Amsterdam’s IDFA and also nominated for Golden Gate Award at San Francisco International Film Festival. Love and Engineering (2014) screened at New York’s Tribeca and Toronto’s Hot Docs, opened Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland, and won an audience award at Doc Point, Helsinki. The documentary Once Upon a Dream – A Journey to the Last Spaghetti Western (2015) premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The Good Postman (2016) was selected for the IDFA feature-length main competition in Amsterdam (2017) and was nominated for the Best International Documentary at Sundance Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival. The Good Postman was also nominated for the European Film Awards 2017. His last documentary The Magic Life of V (2019) was also nominated for the Best International Documentary at Sundance Film Festival and had an European Premiere at Berlin International Film Festival in competition, section Generation 14+.

    Screening: 18.09.2021, 13:30h, Chitalishte “Hristo Botev”

    • Listing ID: 998