We're happy to announce Sofia Meetings PROJECT Selection > award at AGORA, CrossRoads Thessaloniki Co-production Forum of 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival - it's "TAKOTSUBO", director Miki Polonski, producer Shira Hochman (MINA Films, Israel), co-producer Janja Kralj (Kinoelektron, France).
Another important part of the collaboration between Crossroads and Sofia Meetings in 2020 was selection of “HELLO,” the latest film by Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev, who earned critical acclaim for his 2017 feature “Directions,” which was selected for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar. During Crossroads, his film “Hello” was presented in partnership with Sofia Meetings. Here's what “Variety” wrote:
“Hello” tells the story of a retired teacher who loses her savings to a phone scam and, in order to get the money back, falls into an uneasy work arrangement with the group who conned her.
“The story of our main character Blaga holds a mirror up to a number of painful aspects of Bulgarian society,” Komandarev said in a director’s statement, emphasizing what he described as “the complete moral crisis our society is caught in.”
“What is happening in Bulgaria? Where are we headed? Why are we sinking deeper and deeper into a crisis—not only an economical one but a spiritual one, a crisis of values?” he asked. “Where can we look for hope? How and where are our children going to live?”
Written by Komandarev and Simeon Ventsislavov and directed by Komandarev, the film is produced by Bulgaria’s Argo Film and co-produced by Germany’s 42film and EZ Films, of France.
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Good Luck to all wonderful projects!