Cinelibri 2017, the recent edition of the book&movie festival, was held in Sofia and another 10 Bulgarian cities between 11 and 22 October. The glamorous event brought along in Bulgaria eight prominent European and world-renowned creators in the field of cinema, literature, music and performances. Thirty one full-length feature films and milestone documentaries and in addition six short films were screened, including the most discussed and impatiently anticipated literary adaptations for the past two years.
The official opening ceremony took place on 11 October in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture. It was crowned by a multi-art show, symbolizing the interaction of images, sounds and lights as a key to the magic of the seventh art. The opening was accompanied by a premiere screening of Roman Polanski’s provocative thriller „Based on a True Story,“ based on Delphine de Vigan’s novel of the same name.
CineLibri 2017 competition program showed eight productions inspired by works of literature form different cultures and periods. Most of them had already been awarded prestigius prizes at movie festivals all over the world. International jury including Kiera Chaplin (a film producer and actress), Bruno Coulais, one of the most productive and highly acclaimed European film composers, Doriana Leondeff, popular Italian screenwriter, and Ilian Dzhevelekov, Bulgarian director and film producer, awarded the „Cinelibri“ distinction for best adaptation to the film “Red Istanbul” at an official ceremony in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture on October 14th. The event was accompanied by a screening of “Anna Karenina. The Story of Vronsky”. The legendary European director Volker Schlöndorff received the „Cinelibri“ distinction for his undoubted entire contribution to the cinema based on literary masterpieces.
Cinelibri 2017 paid special attention to the music as a key reason for the impact of each remarkable movie. Ruth Koleva’s song „The Bright Side“ became the music symbol of this year’s festival edition. On October 13th, together with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, CineLibri celebrated the 80th Anniversary of Bulgaria Hall with an exclusive screening of „The Queen of Spades” by Pavel Lungin. Before the film, two magnificent arias from Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same name, were performed by Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, soprano, and Rositsa Pavlova-Indzheva, mezzo soprano.
A special emphasis in the parallel program was the meeting with the famous Israeli author David Grossman who won 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel “A Horse Walks into a Bar”; he opened the screening of the film based on his book “Someone to Run with”. Another emphasis was the original photo exhibition “25th frame” created by Ivaylo Petrov and Emanuela Belovarski (Whaleworx Studio). For the first time, a 3D version of “The Blind Vaysha” was screened within Cinelibri 2017. It is the Theodore Ushev’s short film which received Academy Award nomination.