CineLibri 2019 Opening Ceremony

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The best of CineLibri 2019

The fifth edition of the International Book&Movie Festival CineLibri was held in Sofia and another 7 Bulgarian cities between 05 and 20 October 2019. Over 30 000 spectators watched the 55 feature films, most of which national premieres, from the competition and parallel program. With numerous pre-sold screenings which provided full halls, satisfied audiences of different generations and unprecedented success, CineLibri has become one of the beloved annual events and is already an indispensable factor in the Bulgarian cultural life. The special guests and celebrities from all over the Europe also contributed to this stunning success and to the international coverage of the festival events.

On October 5, the Grand Opening of CineLibri took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. Spectacular space performance with the special participation of Mila Robert, Denis Popstoev and Georgi Peev “transferred” the audience in the “fifth dimension”, that is the dimension of culture, art and spirituality. The opening ceremony was followed by premiere screening of the movie “An Officer and a Spy” (J’accuse), directed by Roman Polanski. Crowned with the Venice Grand Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize, the 2013 adaptation of the splendent Robert Harris bestseller has been acclaimed by critics as a “masterclass in making a historical film.” The great casting in the face of Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel, Melvil Poupaud, Mathieu Amalric, Vincent Perez and Emmanuelle Seigner, manages to convey the film messages regarding the Dreyfus affair from the end of the XIX century. The screening at CineLibri was the first release of the film after its official premiere at the 76-Venice International Film Festival, and it was held in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture before over 3000 spectators.

The competition programme consisted of 11 film productions and co-productions, including The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (2019), an acclaimed “tropical melodrama” directed by Karim Aïnouz, and  5 Is the Perfect Number (2019), an adorable Italian drama-thriller based on the namesake graphic novel by Igort. Some of the movies had already been awarded prestigious prizes at movie festivals all over the world. A reputable jury consisting of Christopher Lambert, the glorious actor, David Lagercrantz, the popular Swedish writer and journalist, Radu Mihaileanu, the acclaimed French director, Loredana Cannata, the beloved Italian actress and director, and Irini Jambonas, the talented Bulgarian theatre and movie star, identified the three most original and “visionary” interpretations of literary works in the language of cinema. Christopher Lambert, in his capacity of jury’s president, bestowed the grand prize for the best literary adaptation, accompanied by an exquisite statuette, to the cinematic masterpiece of South Korea and Japan Burning (2018) adapted from the short story Burning Barn by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The awards ceremony was followed by a premiere screening of the darkly amusing psychological drama Who You Think I Am directed by Safy Nebbou, featuring one of the grande dames of French cinema – Juliette Binoche.

The audience of CineLibri 2019 met eminent writers, screenwriters, directors, actors and producers. Among them was the Anerican writer and LGBT activist Garrard Conley, the author of the book Boy Erased which has been adapted into a touching movie, directed by Joel Edgerton. The renowned Spanish writer and screenwriter Lorenzo Silva, author of the novel The Weakness of the Bolshevik, arrived in Sofia too, in order to present the eponymous film adaptation. Among the special guests of the festival was the “Israeli Faulkner” – award-winning writer, essayist and playwright A. B. Yehoshua, who presented in person his novel A Woman in Jerusalem and shared his opinion on its critically acclaimed screen version, titled The Human Resources Manager. Rita Azevedo Gomes, screenwriter and director of The Portuguese, opened the premiere screening of this magnificent historical drama based on Robert Musil’s short novel. Other honorary guests at this year’s festival edition were the renowned Swedish director Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with the Fire) and the American producer Rick Dugdale. They presented their joint project, the movie INTRIGO: The Death of an Author, obsessive thriller for guilt and revenge, inspired by the magnum opus by Håkan Nesser.

Within CineLibri 2019 the First Short Film Competition was realized. The jury was presented by Ivan Moskov (chairman), Maria Arangelova and Nikolay Mutafchiev. “Concert for a Clarinet and Orchestra” (2018) directed by Maxim Petrov, an adaptation of the story “Another Short Love Story” by Lyudmil Stanev, won the Grand Prize for Short Film inspired by work of literature. The special jury award went to the film “The Grandson of the Woman-Eater” (2019) directed by Desislava Nikolova-Besedin, an adaptation of the eponymous story by Yordanka Beleva. The movie “Over Things” (2019), directed by Ina Nikolova, won the TatraTea Special Award.

Another significant emphasis in the festival parallel programme this year was the first international Screenwriting Workshop based exclusively on outstanding underlying materials such as novels, novellas, short stories, plays and true stories. It was a great opportunity for young screenwriters and directors, coming from across the Europe, to spend time with the famous experts and lecturers Linda Seger and Julian Friedmann. Held in Sofia between 15-16 October, the workshop received entirely positive feedback and appraisals from both the participants and lecturers.

Jury of CineLibri 2019

Кристоф Ламбер

Christophe Lambert - President

Тhe celebrated French actor and producer was this year’s president of the international jury. After several small parts in French films, in 1984, he successfully competed for a starring role in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (Oscar-nominated film in three categories), where he partnered with Ian Holm, Andie McDowell and Ralph Richardson. Two years later, Lambert brought to the screen Gregory Widens’ legendary Connor MacLeod, the immortal Scottish swordsman. For his performance in Luc Besson’s Subway (1985), where he co-starred with Isabelle Adjani, Lambert won the César Award.

Лоредана Каната

Loredana Cannata

Popular Italian movie, television and theater actress and director. Cannata studied acting while growing up in her native Sicily. She started early on to play leading roles in several stage plays, some of which based on works by Luigi Pirandello (Liolà), Euripides (The Trojan Women) and Arthur Schnitzler (La Ronde). In 1999 she made her film debut in The Man-Eater directed by Aurelio Grimaldi. She has also appeared in numerous television series throughout her career.

Ирини Жамбонас

Irini Jambonas

One of the greatest Bulgarian movie and theater stars. She was awarded the Sarajevo Heart Award for her role in Komandarev’s new film, In Circle. In its motives, the jury of the 25th edition of the festival, headed by Ruben Östlund, emphasized on her “deep and multi-layered performance, the detail and precision, which we couldn’t help trusting in”. The actress has many distinctions for her roles in theater, including ASKEER Award 2005 for the role of Masha in The Seagull.

Давид Лагерканс

David Lagercrantz

Famous Swedish writer and journalist. In 2015, the Swedish publishing company Norstedts launched his novel The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the first sequel to the cult trilogy Millennium by Stieg Larsson. The result was a worldwide triumph – the book has been published in over 40 countries around the world, including Bulgaria, and then was adapted into a feature film. The continuation of the sequel was not late. The third and final book in the series, signed by Lagercrantz, was published in over 35 countries simultaneously.

Раду Михайляну

Radu Mihăileanu

Multi-award winning European film director, screenwriter, writer and producer, born in 1958 in Bucharest, Romania, known for a series of mesmerizing movies, such as The Concert, Train of Life, Live and Become. He has nomination for the 2011 Palm d’Or (Cannes) for his film The Source. Radu Mihăileanu was declared Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (13 July 2013) and Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (16 January 2014), two of the highest decorations in France.

Official selection in Competition

Boy ErasedBoy Erased (Australia, USA 2018) directed by Joel Edgerton. Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, the film tells the story of the son of a Baptist preacher, Jared, who is forced by his parents to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program. Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, the film has Golden Globe Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Lucas Hedges) and for Best Original Song – Motion Picture (Jon Thor Birgisson).

A Picture with YukiA Picture with Yuki (Bulgaria 2019), directed by Luchezar Avramov. Based on a story of the book „East of the West: A Country in Stories” by Miroslav Penkov, it tells the story of a Bulgarian man and his Japanese wife, who have met and got married while living as immigrants in Canada. A stylish cosmopolitan drama about fate, meaningful life and continual escape of the modern man from their responsibilities.

ESAUESAU (Rusia, Israel, UK 2019) directed by Pavel Lungin. Based on the wonderful novel by the renowned Irsaeli author Meir Shalev, the film starring Harvey Keitel and Mark Ivanir, follows the story of a 40-year-old writer who returns to his family home after half a lifetime to face the brother who stole both his love and livelihood. The story is a modern twist on the biblical story of Jacob and Esau in the book of Genesis.

The Portuguese WomanThe Portuguese Woman (Portugal 2018) directed by Rita Azevedo Gomes. Based on the short novel by Robert Musil, the film tells the story of the newly married wife of Lord von Ketten. She is determined to turn her husband’s family abode, an inhospitable castle on a cliff in northern Italy, into her home. The film won Golden Lady Harimaguada for Best Film at Las Palmas Film Festival 2019.

Claire DarlingClaire Darling (France 2018) directed by Julie Bertuccelli. Based on the novel by Lynda Rutledge, the film starring Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni, tells the story of an old lady named Claire Darling who gets ready for the most special day in her life.  A unique dramatic premise and a harsh, brutal ending. With all its hyperbolic fantastic touches, and its transitions between reality-hallucination, the film is a mausoleum of memory, and a cult of the object.

Casanova, Last LoveCasanova, Last Love (France 2019) directed by Benoît Jacquot. Based on the book by Giacomo Casanova, starring Vincent Lindon and Stacy Martin, the film tells the story of last years of Casanova’s life. Known for his taste for fun and play, Casanova arrived in London after having to go into exile. In this city of which he knows nothing, he meets several times a young courtesan, the Charpillon, which attracts him to the point of forgetting the other women.

The Invisible Life of Eurídice GusmãoThe Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (Brazil 2019) directed by Karim Aïnouz. Based on the eponymous novel by Martha Batalha, the film tells the story of two sisters in Rio de Janeiro kept apart by a terrible lie. The film received Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes Film Festival 2019 and CineCoPro Award at Munich Film Festival 2019. It was chosen as Brazil’s representative in the Oscar race.

The Mystery of Henri PickThe Mystery of Henri Pick (France, Belgium 2019) directed by Rémi Bezançon. Based on the eponymous novel by David Foenkinos, starring Fabrice Luchini, this stunningly graceful and intelligent “dramedy” tells the story of a mysterious novel. An editor discovers a novel that she considers to be a masterpiece, in a library whose particularity is to collect the manuscripts refused by the publishers. The text is signed by Henri Pick, a Breton pizza maker who died two years earlier.

The TobacconistThe Tobacconist (Austria, Germany 2018) directed by Nikolaus Leytner. Based on the novel by Robert Seethaler, starring Bruno Ganz, the film is a tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. A masterfully crafted work that transforms a transparent narrative of innocence, dignity and freedom into an accusation or judgement against mass silence –  result of fear, stupidity or negligence, that often empowers anti-human regimes.

BurningBurning (South Korea, Japan 2018) directed by Chang-dong Lee. Based on a mysterious story by Haruki Murakami, this hypnotically beautiful psychological drama won over 40 awards and 120 nominations, including FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2018. It was also nominated for Palme d’Or /Chang-dong Lee/. “Burning” is a story similar to an allegory, fundamentally built on questions about the generational alienation, the value of traditions in the light of the faceless cosmopolitanism and modern consumerism.

5 Is the Perfect Number5 Is the Perfect Number (Italy, Belgium, France 2019) directed by the author of the namesake graphic novel Igor Tuveri. Nominated for Best film at Venice Film Festival 2019, the movie follows Peppino, an old hit man in a ’70 Naples, forced to come back in action by the murder of his son. This tragic event also instigated reflections on life and on the society in all the characters. Spectacular performances of Toni Servillo, Valeria Golino and Carlo Buccirosso!

Awards 2019

Cinelibri Best Literary Adaptation Award 2019 for the best literary adaptation, accompanied by an exquisite statuette, went to the cinematic masterpiece of South Korea and Japan “Burning” (2018) adapted from the short story “Burning Barn” by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

The decision was motivated as follows: “Burning” (original title: Beoning) directed by Lee Chang-dong receives the grand award for its mesmerizing beauty and atmosphere, which pervades a parable-flavored story built as a stream of questions about alienation between generations, the value of traditions in the light of impersonal cosmopolitanism and modern consumerism. Based on Haruki Murakami’s enigmatic story, the film is an original interpretation of the text – a subtle, vague, dreamy and captivating experience, backed by the necessary amount of irony and unforgettable footage.”

Second CineLibri Distinction for Masterful Literary Adaptation was awarded to the biopic drama “Boy Erased” (2018) directed by Joel Edgerton, adaptation from the eponymous memoir of the American writer and LGBT activist Garrard Conley, who was a special guest at CineLibri IFF this year. A shocking account of real-life experiences, the film looks at the traumatic consequences of the so-called conversion therapy in America, which affected hundreds of thousands of human fates. Boy Erased is a lesson in empathy and compassion, achieved through the intelligent and delicate directing approach and the phenomenal acting.

Third CineLibri Distinction for Masterful Literary Adaptation was awarded to the film “The Tobacconist”(original title: Der Trafikant) – a tender, wise, heartbreaking drama directed by Nikolaus Leytner, based on Robert Seethaler’s novel of the same name. The film tells a vibrant story about the emotional and moral growth of a young man against the backdrop of escalating tensions on the eve of the Nazi occupation in Vienna and is a tribute to the talent of Bruno Ganz, who playes the role of Sigmund Freud.

CONTEMPORARY PRODUCTIONS OUT OF COMPETITION

  • Who You Think I Am (2019) – absorbing mixture of romantic drama and wildly entertaining thriller which explores contemporary digital liaisons. Directed by Safy Nebbou, based on a novel by Camille Laurens, with the Oscar-winning Juliette Binoche.
  • Where‘d You Go, Bernadette (2019) – humorous, thoughtful and touching film based on a novel by Maria Semple. Directed by Richard Linklater, starring the incredible Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett.
  • The Song of Names (2019) – an emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century. Directed by François Girard, based on Norman Lebrecht’s novel.
  • True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) – the notorious story of Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s. Directed by Justin Kurzel, based on Peter Carey’s acclaimed novel.
  • Thalasso (2019) – in this film praise of hedonism, the provocative French writer Michel Houellebecq meets Gérard Depardieu at a sea water therapy center. Directed by Guillaume Nicloux.
  • Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) – a heartwarming dramedy directed by Tuva Novotny, based on the bestselling novel by the Swedish author Fredrik Backman.
  • Double Lives (2018) – directed by Olivier Assayas, the film is set in the Parisian publishing world, where an editor and an author cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives.
  • Intrigo: Death of an Author (2018) – engrossing criminal drama directed by Daniel Alfredson and based on Håkan Nesser’s works. With Sir Ben Kingsley and Tuva Novotny.
  • His Master’s Voice (2018) a sci-fi film directed by György Pálfi, based on the cult novel by the Polish writer Stanisław Lem. Co-production of Canada, Hungary, France, Sweden and USA.
  • Sweet Bean (2015) – a beautiful and sentimental drama directed by Naomi Kawase, based on the bestselling novel by the Japanese author Durian Sukegawa.
  • Measuring the World (2012) – based on a bestseller by Daniel Kehlmann, the film follows the two brilliant and eccentric scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss on their life paths. Directed by Detlev Buck.
  • The Human Resources Manager (2010) – an original tragicomedy directed by Eran Riklis, based on the brilliant novel by the Israeli author Avraham B. Yehoshua.
  • Breakfast on Pluto (2005) – directed by Neil Jordan, based on Pat McCabe’s novel. Nominated for a series of awards including 1 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (Cillian Murphy).
  • The Weakness of the Bolshevik (2003) – a compelling Spanish drama directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca, based on the namesake novel by the acclaimed author Lorenzo Silva, who is also the screenwriter of the film.

LIVE FROM SPACE / BIOPICS FOR FAMOUS CREATORS /

  • Tolkien (2019) – gentle, honest and touching telling of Tolkien’s life directed by Dome Karukoski, starring Nicholas Hoult and  Lily Collins.
  • I, Leonardo (2019) – a unique, engaging and fascinating journey in the mind of Leonardo da Vinci,  the man, the painter, the scientist and the inventor. Directed by Jesus Garces Lambert.
  • Curiosa (2019) – a cat-and-mouse game against the backdrop of Paris and passion for poetry and erotic photography, with people who breake the codes set by society. Directed by Lou Jeunet.
  • Vita and Virginia (2018) – fascinating true story about the love affair between the socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf. Directed by Chanya Button.
  • All Is True (2018) – a beautiful and moving look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  • Edmond (2018) – breathtakingly delightful movie, immersive and captivating, “Edmond” is all about the process of creating the famous play “Cyrano de Bergerac”. Directed by Alexis Michalik.
  • Kazantzakis (2017) – biographical film of the life of the Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis. Directed by Yannis Smaragdis.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (2001) – tribute to one of the top filmmakers of our time, Stanley Kubrick. Legendary, unmatched visual accomplishment based on Arthur C. Clarke’s works.

DOCUMENTARIES

  • What Color is This World (2019) – the Bulgarian poetess Danila Stoyanova, who left us at the age of 23, speaks simply and calmly about life and death. And about the wonder of poetry…
  • The Man Who Played with Fire (2018) –  a documentary about the Millennium-trilogy author Stieg Larsson and his pioneering work of fighting right wing extremists and neo-Nazis, an obsession with fatal consequences. Directed by Henrik Georgsson.
  • Why Are We Creative: The Centipede‘s Dilemma (2018) –  the most intriguing creators and thinkers from the world of visual art, music, cinema, literature philosophy, politics, business and science answer one and the same question, “Why Are We Creative?”
  • To Be Lost on Purpose (2018) – a trip without GPS, maps and hotels in the wildest and absolutely amazing places in Bulgaria. Maybe you can’t lose yourself on purpose, just like you can’t accidentally find yourself.
  • Feeling of Intolerance (2018) – Bulgarian documentary about the life and work of the writer Georgi Markov until his escape from communist Bulgaria in 1969.
  • Karl Lagerfeld, to be and to appear (2017) – his silhouette is recognizable among thousands. Known throughout world, within 60 years Karl Lagerfeld became a fashion icon. But who is Lagerfeld actually?
  • Voices from Chernobyl (2016) – based on the book by Svetlana Alexievitch, this film does not deal with Chernobyl, but rather with the world of Chernobyl. Directed by Pol Cruchten.

ANIMATED FILM

  • The Swallows of Kabul (2019) –  French animated film directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobé Mévellec. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Adaptation of the novel of the same name by Yasmina Khadra.

BULGARIAN FEATURE FILMS

  • Away from the Shore (2018) –   Bulgarian-Ukrainian co-production based on the novel “Seagulls Away from the Shore” by Evgeny Kuzmanov, defined as an outright satire of the totalitarian regime. Directed by Kostadin Bonev.
  • The Infinite Garden (2017) –  cinema debut of the great Bulgarian theater director Galin Stoev. Contemporary urban drama, beneath the surface of which invisible worlds are hidden and unexpected feelings are born. Based on a play by Yana Borisova.
  • Lora from Morning till Evening (2011) – a surreal story about a young woman named Lora who finds two mysterious dice. Directed and written by Dimitar Kotzev.

SHORT FILMS BASED ON WORKS OF LITERATURE

  • I Know What You Did (2019) 17 min. Directed by Stanislava Ivy
  • Existentially (2019) 4:50 min. Directed by Natalia Atanasova
  • Clarinet Concert and Orchestra (2018) 4:44 min. Directed by Maxim Petrov
  • Shallow Vein (2019) 6:30 min. Directed by Yoana Alexandrova
  • Above Things (2019) 4:40 min. Directed by Ina Nikolova
  • Ivan (2019) 21 min. Directed by Nadezhda Hristova
  • The Grandson of the Female Cannibal (2019) 15:38 min. Directed by Desislava Nikolova-Besedin
  • French Cinema (2019) 20 min. Directed by Galina D. Georgieva
  • The Wheel (2018) 8 min. Directed by Chris Zahariev
  • White Rose (2018) 9:32 min. Directed by Marina Zheleva
  • Algerian Flowers (2017) 5:53 min. Directed by Rossitsa Trayanova

SPECIAL GUESTS OF CINELIBRI 2019

A. B. Yehoshua

A. B. Yehoshua

Known as the “Israeli Faulkner”, Avraham B.  Yehoshua is a renowned award-winning writer, essayist and playwright, author of brilliant novels such as A Woman in Jerusalem, awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was shortlisted in 2005 for the first Man Booker International Prize.

Rita Azevedo Gomes

Rita Azevedo Gomes

A talented Portuguese director and writer, known for Correspondências (2016), The Portuguese Woman (2018) and O Som da Terra a Tremer (1990). Nominated for Golden Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize, Leopard for Best Direction

Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley

American author and LGBTQ activist known for his autobiography Boy Erased – a memoir, recounting his childhood as part of a fundamentalist family in Arkansas that enrolled him in conversion therapy. The book was adapted for the 2018 film, Boy Erased.

Daniel Alfredson

Daniel Alfredson

Popular Swedish film director who is best known for directing film versions of two parts of the Millennium Trilogy: The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. At the 29th Guldbagge Awards he won the award for Best Screenplay and was nominated for Best Director for the film The Man on the Balcony

Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

American film producer, co-producer of the film INTRIGO: Death of an Author. Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company.

Lorenzo Silva

Lorenzo Silva

Spanish award-winning writer. He has written stories, articles and literary essays, but he is recognised primarily for his novels. In 2012 he was awarded the Premio Planeta de Novela for the novel La Marca del meridiano.

Dr. Linda Seger

Linda Seger

Screenwriting instructor and screenplay consultant, best known for contributions to films like Braindead and Universal Soldier, as well as popular seminars on screenwriting. Seger is the author of several bestselling books on the subject of screenwriting.

Julian Friedmann

Julian Friedmann

Joint Managing Director of “Blake Friedmann Literary Agency” in London which represents 200 book and script writers worldwide. Respected expert and lecturer at SOURCES workshops around Europe.

Dimitar Kotzev

Dimitar Kotzev - Shosho

Producer, screenwriter and director of the feature films “Lora from Morning till Evening” and “Monkey” (Audience Award, Sofia Film Festival 2016), as well as the TV series “The Fourth Estate” (Best Screenplay and Best series of the Academy of Film Studies). Author of the novels “Lora from Morning till Evening” and “Shrimp”.

Events

  • Multimedia “space” performance and a gorgeous Opening Ceremony, followed by premiere screening of the film “An Officer and a Spy” and a VIP cocktail
  • Over 350 screenings of 55 films, including feature films, documentaries and short films in 7 Bulgarian cities
  • Selected Bulgarian film adaptations, including 2 documentaries, 4 full-length feature films (one of them was part of the competition) and 11 short films inspired by works of literature
  • Competition programme of 11 films and Parallel program of several sections: Contemporary World Productions, Biopics, Documentaries, Animated films, Bulgarian selection, Short films, Theater performances based on novels by Herman Koch and Amelie Nothomb
  • Official Award Ceremony in the presence of the International Jury composed by Christopher Lambert, David Lagercrantz, Radu Mihăileanu, Loredana Cannata and Irini Jambonas. Announcing the winners was followed by premiere screening of the film “Who You Think I Am” and a VIP cocktail
  • Glamorous Gala evenings of European and Non-European cultures, including Swedish Gala (in cooperation with the Week of Swedish Culture in Bulgaria), French Gala, Irish Gala, Italian Gala, Spanish Gala, German Gala, Hungarian Gala, Portuguese Gala, Brazilian Gala, Japanese Gala in cooperation with the Days of Japanese culture in Bulgaria
  • Open meeting, Q&A and booksigning with the American writer and LGBTQ activist Garrard Conley in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Bourgas, where the film Boy Erased was screened
  • Open meeting, Q&A and booksigning with the Portuguese director and screenwriter Rita Azevedo Gomes in Sofia. She opened the screening of her film “The Portuguese Woman”
  • Open meeting, Q&A and booksigning with the Spanish writer and screenwriter Lorenzo Silva in Sofia. He opened the premiere screening of the film The Weakness of the Bolshevik
  • Open meeting, Q&A and booksigning with the Swedish director Daniel Alfredson and the American co-producer Rick Dugdale in Sofia. They both presented their film INTRIGO: Death of an Author
  • Screening of the documentary To Be Lost on Purpose in the presence of Chris Zahariev, one of the authors of this laudable experimental project. Open meeting, Q&A and booksigning in Sofia, Varna, Bourgas, Plovdiv
  • Open literary premiere and accompanying discussion with the Swedish writer David Lagercrantz who presented in Sofia his last Millenium novel
  • Open literary premiere and accompanying discussion with the Israeli writer A. B. Yehoshua who presented in Sofia his novel A Woman in Jerusalem and its film version
  • One CineLibri statuette for the best literary adaptation of the year – it went to the film “Burning” (2018) directed by Chang-dong Lee
  • Two honorary distinctions for masterfully crafted literary adaptations into the big screen, ranked 2nd and 3rd place
  • First Short Film Competition of films inpired by various works of literature, including short stories, novels, poetry etc.
  • First International Screenwriting Workshop based on novels, novellas, short stories, plays and true stories. With the revered lecturers Linda Seger and Julian Friedmann
  • Elegant closing ceremony in the presence of many official guests, cinema experts, journalists etc., followed by a party of gratitude to all the partners and sponsors of the festival

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