CineLibri 2015 was held in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna from 2 to 11 November. Among the special guests of the festival were the prominent Italian director, screenwriter and actor Sergio Castellitto, the highly acclaimed Italian writer Margaret Mazzantini and the master of the psychological thriller Douglas Kennedy.
Although cinema and literature use different means of expression, good cinema and quality books could be promoted together so that their messages reach more spectators and readers. Within CineLibri 2015 fourteen precisely selected literary adaptations were screened. Four of them were competing for the CineLibri award for best adaptation. Ten titles were presented out of competition, including contemporary and classic feature films and one documentary.
Each projection was accompanied by a discussion or happening focused on the topics of the film/book, with the participation of famous European and Bulgarian actors and musicians. A number of booksignings and presentations were held, open meetings with the authors of the literary works and their adaptations. There were discounts and promotional actions such as ‘Buy a Book and Watch its Screening’ for young and elderly people with disabilities, students and retirees.
Special emphasis during CineLibri 2015 was the film panorama in honour of the great European writer Milan Kundera. Two adaptations of his emblematic novels were presented – “The Joke” (1969) directed by Jaromil Jires and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (1988) directed by Philip Kaufman.
Furthermore, a film panorama in honour of the inimitable artistic tandem Sergio Castellitto and Margaret Mazzantini took place. CineLibri guests had the opportunity to watch the three film adaptations of Mazzantini’s novels, directed by Castellitto: “Twice Born”, “Don’t Move” and “No One Saves Themselves Alone”.
The author of international bestsellers “The Moment”, “Temptation” and “The Big Picture”, Douglas Kennedy, arrived in Sofia as a special guest of CineLibri 2015 in order to meet his ardent readers. He opened the screening of the film “L’homme qui voulait vivre sa vie” (adaptation of “The Big Picture”), directed by Eric Lartigau.