CineLibri 2021 Opening Ceremony

CineLibri 2021 Highlights From The Ceremony

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The best of CineLibri 2021

The seventh edition of CineLibri International Book&Movie Festival (CineLibri IFF), which selects and shows the most impressive adaptations of literary works annually, was held between October 2-31 in Sofia and seven other Bulgarian cities under the motto “Divine Comedy” on the occasion of 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri.

The grand opening ceremony took place on October 2nd in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia and was crowned with an enchanting dance performance. The spectacular ceremony was followed by a premiere screening of the provocative French-Dutch biographical story Benedetta. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film is adaptation of Judith C. Brown’s book “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy”. Notwithstanding the health crisis, main and parallel program of CineLibri this year was extremely rich and attractive. It comprised 7 modules: the Seventh Heaven, the Seventh Art, the Seven Seas, the Seven Wonders, the Lyre of Apollo, the Pleiades, the Seven Dwarfs. Viewers had the opportunity to choose from 49 films and 37 special events – some of them have been realized live, others online.

Feature film competition program encompassed 7 titles. Among them was the intimate drama “Happening” – an adaptation of the memoir book by Annie Erno, revealing her traumatic experience in connection with an illegal abortion in the 60s. The film directed by Audrey Diwan won the FIPRESCI award and the Golden Lion 2021 at the Venice International Film Festival. This year the esteemed Jury was presented by: the famous French writer and screenwriter Caroline Bongrand, Afghan-born German director Burhan Qurbani, who was awarded the CineLibri prize for masterfully crafted adaptation for his film Berlin Alexanderplatz last year, the renowned Bulgarian directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (“The Lesson”, “Glory”). The prominent French writer, screenwriter and actor Guillaume Laurant presided the Jury.

In addition to the members of the Jury, who personally announced the winners of this year’s award for best film adaptation of a literary work, several other amazing artists arrived in Sofia for “live” presentations of their films and books. The Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo presented his bestselling novel “Three Floors” and opened the premiere screening of the film directed by Nanni Moretti. The premiere screening of the mysterious Turkish drama “Reflection” took place in the presence of director İlker Savaşkurt and part of film’s cast, including the Bulgarian-German actress Simona Teoharova. Alberto San Juan, the Spanish theater and film actor and screenwriter who won the Gaudi and Goya Awards for his performance in Cesc Gay’s brilliant comedy “Sentimental”, also arrived in Sofia for the film’s official premiere at CineLibri.

Turning the disadvantage of pandemic into an advantage, CineLibri realized several video meetings and thus gave the widest possible range of viewers, including risk groups, the opportunity to get in touch with great creators such as the American writer Paul Auster and the director Alejandro Chomsky in respect with their film “In the Country of Last Things”. Oliver Stonе, the legendary director of Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July also presented online before the festival audience his striking memoir “Chasing the Light“ which now has a Bulgarian edition. The Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi (“On Body and Soul”), told the story of shooting her latest film “The Story of My Wife” – an adaptation of a Hungarian novel by Milán Füst, which is the magnum opus of his oeuvre.

Festival audience had the possibility to watch the Golden Lion nominee for best film “Lost Illusions”, a historical drama based on part of the epic series “Human Comedy” by French writer Honore de Balzac. Another important title was Maria Schrader’s beguiling fusion of modern romance and futurism “I’m Your Man”, awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlinale and chosen to represent Germany at the Oscars in 2022. The program also presented the latest film of Yimou Zhang – “One Second”, an elegiac love letter to the film industry, which was nominated for Golden Bear at Berlinale 2019. On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the birth of the unsurpassed novelist Stefan Zweig CineLibri 2021 presented the new screen version of his famed “The Royal Game”, directed by  Philipp Stölzl. The festival also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great science fiction author, satirist, humanist and philosopher Stanislaw Lem with the short films The Room and The Mask and the official presentation of the new Bulgarian editions of the cult novel Solaris and the book with interviews World on the Edge. Aside from that, the festival’s vulnerable audience could see online more than 20  literary adaptations by remarkable filmmakers, thanks to the festival’s collaboration with Neterra.TV+ platform.

Despite the complicated circumstances, the program contained a series of Gala Evenings bringing together film experts, literary critics and diplomats who represented Poland, France, USA, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland. The events were supported by the embassies and cultural institutes of the respective countries. As part of the educational module, a free webinar on “Cinema production VS Commercial production in USA” was held with the American producers John Grossman and Andy Deliana. The event was organized jointly with the US Embassy in Sofia and was intended for students and professionals in the field of cinema and advertising. The discussion section “Psychoanalysis and Cinema”, which has become traditional for the festival, this year was focused on the film and book “Three Floors”.

Jury of CineLibri 2021

Гийом Лоран

Guillaume Laurant – President

Guillaume Laurant was born on November 22, 1961 in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France. He is an eminent French writer and actor, acclaimed for Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001), Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004) and J’ai perdu mon corps (2019). Among the films whose screenplays and dialogues he has written are L’odeur de la mandarine, Effroyables jardins, Raoul Taburin, Je m’appelle Elisabeth. He won the prestigious BAFTA and Lumiere Awards and was nominated twice for Oscar and Cesar.

Бурхан Курбани

Burhan Qurbani

Acclaimed German director, writer and actor of Afghan origin. Known for the films Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark (2014), Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020) and Shahada (2010). He was awarded the CineLibri 2020 award for masterfully crafted book-to-movie adaptation for his film Berlin Alexanderplatz based on Alfred Döblin’s masterpiece. The film was awarded 13 more prizes and 19 nominations, incl. European Film Award 2020 for the composer Dascha Dauenhauer and Golden Berlin Bear 2020 nomination for Best Film.

Каролин Бонгран

Caroline Bongrand

Famous French writer, journalist and screenwriter known for the feature film Eiffel (2021), the short film Tu devrais faire du cinéma (2002) and the TV film Parlez-moi d’amour (2005). She defines the film Eiffel directed by Martin Bourboulon as „a love story that triggers the drive to build a tower“. Bongrand is also an acclaimed author of numerous novels translated into many languages: Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Greek, Turkish. She is winner of the Chevalière de l’ordre national du Mérite.

Кристина Грозева

Kristina Grozeva

Renowned Bulgarian director and screenwriter who, together with Petar Valchanov, have directed some of the most acclaimed Bulgarian movies over the last decade. The Lesson is their full-length debut film, having been selected at Toronto IFF, San Sebastian IFF and many other festivals. Glory and The Father also have received numerous awards.

Петър Вълчанов

Petar Valchanov

Renowned Bulgarian director and screenwriter who, together with Kristina Grozeva, have directed some of the most acclaimed Bulgarian movies over the last decade. The Lesson is their full-length debut film, having been selected at Toronto IFF, San Sebastian IFF and many other festivals. Glory and The Father also have received numerous awards.

Official selection in Competition

СъбитиетоHappening (France 2021) directed by Audrey Diwan. This potent intimate drama is a stunning adaptation of a memoir book by Annie Erno, revealing her traumatic experience in connection with an illegal abortion in the 60s. The film earns its place in the company of Cristian Mungiu’s “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and Eliza Hittman’s “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”.

Денят на флагаFlag Day (USA 2021) directed by Sean Penn who is co-starring with his daughter Dylan Penn. The film story is based on Jennifer Vogel’s memoir “Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life,” where she recounts her father John’s decades-long career of scamming and conning.

ИзмянаDeception (France 2021) directed by Arnaud Desplechin. This glamorous Palme d’Or nominee is enticing adaptation of Philip Roth’s eponymous novel. It tells the story of an American novelist in London who converses with his wife, his mistress, and other female characters he may have dreamed up.

Париж, 13-и районParis, the 13th District (France 2021) directed by Jacques Audiard. The director of “A Prophet” and “Rust and Bone” is one of the most respected figures in contemporary European cinema. Based on the stories of American cartoonist Adrian Tomine, the film is designed in a monochrome style and intertwines stories of love, hopelessness and loneliness.

Три етажаThree Floors (Italy, France 2020) directed by Nanni Moretti. This refined and psychologically nuanced story of three families living in three apartments in the same bourgeois condominium in Rome is based on the bestselling novel of the same name written by the popular Israeli author Eshkol Nevo.

Историята на жена миThe Story of My Wife (Germany, Hungary, Italy, France 2021) directed by Ildikó Enyedi (“On Body and Soul”). An ambitious adaptation of the eponymous Hungarian novel by Milán Füst, which is the magnum opus of his oeuvre.  Jacob Störr, a sea captain, makes a bet in a café with a friend, to marry the first woman who enters there.

Шахматна новелаThe Royal Game (Germany, Austria 2021) directed by Philipp Stölzl. To withstand the psychological torture of the Gestapo, a lawyer imprisoned by the Nazis rescues himself in the world of chess. A superb drama thriller based on the emblematic short novel by Stefan Zweig.

Awards 2021

CineLibri Best Literary Adaptation Award 2021 in the full-length feature film competition was bestowed on the French drama “Happening”(2021) directed by Audrey Diwan. Inspired by Annie Erno’s memoir, the film reveals her nightmarish experiences of having an illegal abortion in the 1960s. The award was accompanied by an exquisite statuette.

The decision was motivated as follows:

The jury awards the film “Happening” by Audrey Diwan for the incisive poignancy with which it interprets the literary core, baring the truth about the protagonist’s experiences and the corresponding social reality, without sparing the audience until the very end. Its impact lies in its cinematographic magnitude, impressive rhythm and exquisite directorial work with the actress Anamaria Vartolomei whose masterful, painful and realistic performance contributes to the disturbing conclusion that the discourse about basic personal freedom remains relevant today. The jury praised the adaptation for being a bridge between the intimate text of the memoir and its version onscreen. The reasons for their decision are rooted in the film’s cinematic merit rather than in its political aspect although the jury feels that “Happening” should open up a discussion about the topics in question instead of closing the discussion after the final credits.

Key criteria for identifying and determining the winner:

  • an original, visionary director’s approach to the interpretation of the respective literary work;
  • masterfully selected casting and well-built characters with the expressive means of cinema;
  • influential cinematography and skillful transmission of the messages of the literary work in visual language.


Module: The Seventh Art

Персийски уроци

Persian Lessons (2020). A young Jewish man pretends to be Iranian to avoid being executed in a concentration camp. Directed by Vadim Perelman, this powerful and impactful film is based on Wolfgang Kohlhaase’s novella “Erfindung einer Sprache”.

Тя все още говори с мен

We Still Talk (2021). Nino tells the romance of 65 years with his wife to an aspiring novelist. Based on the autobiographical book by Giuseppe Sgarbi and directed by Pupi Avati, this love story defies time and knows no end, beyond the barriers of death.

Моята година със Селинджър

My Salinger Year (2020). The first job is always a great adventure! A college grad takes a clerical job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger.  A dramedy based on Joanna Smith Rakoff’s book and directed by Philippe Falardeau.


Appearances (2020). In this psychological thriller, a ridiculed French woman in Vienna seeks to avenge her honor while concealing her efforts from the bourgeois community of fellow expatriates, where lies and slander reign. Directed by Marc Fitoussi and based on Karin Alvtegen-Lundberg’s novel “Svek”.

Ая и вещицата

Earwig and the Witch (2020). An orphan girl, Earwig, is adopted by a witch and comes home to a spooky house filled with mystery and magic. Japanese computer-animated fantasy film directed by Gorô Miyazaki and based on Diana Wynne Jones’s novel “Earwig and the Witch”.

Малката Маркиза

The Little Marquise (2021). A sincere and poetic biography of Fani Popova-Mutafova, considered the best-selling author of Bulgarian historical novels of all time. The documentary is directed by Stanislav Donchev.


Solaris (1972). A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. The screening of this legendary adaptation directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Stanislaw Lem.

Module: The Seventh Heaven


Benedetta (2021). Walking a tightrope of varying genres and tones, Benedetta provokes salient questions about sexual freedom and its relationship to faith. Paul Verhoeven reaffirms himself as a master of excess with a delirious profane gem. Based on Judith C. Brown’s nonfiction book “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy”.


Fantasies (2021). A light-hearted comedy which follows six couples and revolves around their intimate lives and fantasies, from role-playing to exhibitionism and abstinence. Directed by David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos.

Изгубени илюзии

Lost Illusions (2021). A superb history drama based on Honoré de Balzac’s novel “Lost Illusions”, part of the epic cycle “Human Comedy” revealing the appearance of French society from the Great French Revolution to the end of the July Monarchy. Directed by Xavier Giannoli.

Една секунда

One Second (2020). A movie fan in a remote farmland strikes a relationship with a homeless female vagabond. This history drama based on Geling Yan’ novel and directed by Yimou Zhang, is an elegiac love letter to the cinema, not accidentally nominated for “Golden Bear” 2019.


Dune (USA, Canada 2021). Impressive feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. Directed by Denis Villeneuve!

Всичко мина добре

Everything Went Fine (2021). When André, 85, has a stroke, Emmanuelle hurries to her father’s bedside. Sick and half-paralyzed in his hospital bed, he asks Emmanuelle to help him end his life. Elevating drama based on Emmanuèle Bernheim’s book and adapted by the acclaimed French director François Ozon.

Богинята на съдбата

The Goddess of Fortune (2019). When Annamaria, a longtime friend of Alessandro and Arturo, asks the couple to take care of her children, the relationship between the two men reaches a point of no return. Another beautiful melodrama by the prominent director and writer Ferzan Özpetek.

Module: The Seven Seas

Книжарница в Париж

The Emotional Material (2021). The film is based on an original screenplay by Ettore Scola that became a graphic novel: “A dragon in the shape of a cloud”. Sergio Castellitto entrusts the rewriting to Margaret Mazzantini, once again renewing the partnership with the pen that has given life to most of his films.

Аз съм твоят мъж

I am Your Man (2021). In order to obtain research funds for her studies, a scientist accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment: for three weeks, she is to live with a humanoid robot, created to make her happy. The film is based on a short story by Emma Braslavsky and directed by Maria Schrader.


Sentimental (2020). Two couples explore the complexities of modern day relationships in this unconventional comedy written and directed by Cesc Gay. With Javier Cámara, Griselda Siciliani, Belén Cuesta and Alberto San Juan.

Спокойствие с коне

Calm with Horses (2019). Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family. Torn between these two families, Arm’s loyalties are tested when he is asked to kill for the first time. Based on a short story by Colin Barrett, this moving criminal drama is directed by Nick Rowland.

Сну: Любовната история, която промени Португалия

Snu (2019). The enticing story about the romance of Snu Abecassis and the former Portuguese prime minister Sá Carneiro. The film is directed by Patrícia Sequeira. Starring Inês Castel-Branco and Pedro Almendra.

Игрите на хората

Games People Play (2020). An old group of friends gathers to celebrate Mitzi’s surprise birthday party over a nostalgic weekend at an idyllic seaside villa – just like they used to do as teenagers. A fresh comedy about the tragedy of being forever young. Written and directed by Jenni Toivoniemi.


Daniel (2019). It’s the story of Danish photographer Daniel Rye, who was captured by ISIS in Syria in 2013 and held hostage for 398 days. The film is based on Puk Damsgaard Andersen’ book and directed by Niels Arden Oplev.

Module: The Seven Wonders

Берлин Александерплац

Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020). Francis, 30-year-old refugee is the sole survivor of a boat which crossed the Mediterranean illegally from West Africa… Epic adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s masterpiece novel of the same name directed by Burhan Qurbani.

Засукан свят

Twisted World (2019). Through his whole life he is fighting the twisted world he lives in. In the end, in a moment of enlightenment, he realizes: “It cannot be done, someone decided he shouldn’t die. Path must be passed. Faith to be gathered. Life to be lived!”

Кои бяхме

Who We Were (2021). A cinematic essay – inspired by the book “Who We Were” by Roger Willemsen and directed by Marc Bauder. We may think that we’re simply not capable of understanding the increasingly complex problems of our planet, but for these charismatic scientists, that’s not enough.

Урок по кино

A Movie Lesson (2020). A living legend of world cinema, Jean-Jacques Annaud is working on a screenplay for a new film about the fire in Notre-Dame de Paris. Georgi Toshev meets the director in Paris.

Оксиморон на вечността

An Оxymoron of Еternity (2020). Isn’t it a miracle that you have been blind for more than half of your conscious life and at the same time you have seen and realized so much? The film is dedicated to Jorge Luis Borges, one of the colossi of the written word of the 20th century.

Щрих и стих

Stroke and Verse (2020). “Stroke and Verse” is a collection of 12 animated films based on contemporary Bulgarian poems. The idea of the project is to combine poetry and animation creating a new screen form – animated poetry.

The Mask (2021) and The Room (2021) – Experimental short films inspired by works of the great Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem.

Module: The Lyre of Apollo

Влюбеният Айфел

Eiffel (2021). The government asks Eiffel to design something spectacular for the 1889 Paris World Fair, but Eiffel simply wants to design the subway. Suddenly, everything changes when Eiffel meets a woman from his past. Charming biographical drama directed by Martin Bourboulon.


Glacier (2021). Two people are stuck in a quarantine hotel during a deadly pandemic. Physical contact equals death, total isolation is required. But what happens when you have to choose between love and life? The film is directed by Baker Karim and based on Camilla Läckberg’s novel.

В страната на последните неща

In the Country of Last Things (2020). Breathtaking, astounding adaptation to the big screen of the Paul Auster dystopian sci-fi novel “In the Country of Last Things”. Directed by Alejandro Chomski.


Reflection (2021). A quirky receptionist in a hotel in Istanbul welcomes guests as they tumble upon their daily struggles, all to end up in a mix of chaos and dread after the arrival of a man who declares that he is their patron Saint. Mysterious drama thriller directed by İlker Savaşkurt.

Записите на Капоти

The Capote Tapes (2019). The rise and fall of Truman Capote, the iconic writer of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, as told by his friends and enemies. Fascinating documentary directed by Ebs Burnough.

Къде е Ане Франк?

Where Is Anne Frank (2021). Ari Folman tells the story of Kitty, the imaginary friend to whom Anne Frank dedicated her diary. A fiery teenager, Kitty wakes up in the near future in Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam and embarks on a journey to find Anne, who she believes is still alive, in today’s Europe.


The Doors (1991). The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.  The film is directed by Oliver Stone.

Short Films: The Seven Dwarfs

Копнеж каквото е...

Longing As It Is…

Bulgarian film directed by Vladimir Mikhailov. Four poems from the collection of poems “Eastern Time” by Desislava Nedelcheva.

Mr. Self


Bulgarian film directed by Teodor Stamboliev. We move into 2031 and mark the 100th anniversary of the writing of Edmond Hamilton’s „The Man Who Evolved“.



Bulgarian film directed by Zornitsa Georgieva. A short film that transports us to the magical atmosphere of magical realism in cinema.



Bulgarian film directed by Stefan Voyvodov. An animation inspired by the vast literary world of Jack London.

Ангелът на странното

The Angel Of the Odd

French film directed by Julien Botsanovski. After a drunken lunch, the sinister Ed confronts a very strange visitor. The animation is inspired by a work by Edgar Allan Poe.

Да се изгубиш в Африка

To Get Lost In Africa

3 films of 10 minutes each, directed by Kristian Zahariev. A few years after the big hit “Getting lost on purpose” Chris, Yassen and Stas embark on a spontaneous adventure that takes them not to the wild parts of Morocco.

Мечтата на Наташа

Natasha’s Dream

Bulgarian film directed by Vanya Boycheva. Natasha is an orphanage girl who talks about life, her mother, friendship and her first love. The film is based on the play of the same name by Jaroslava Pulinovic.

International Short Film Competition: Jury Members

Станислава Айви

Stanislava (Stasi) Ivy

Stanislava (Stasi) Ivy is a Bulgarian journalist, TV presenter and writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in the field of arts and a master’s degree in international journalism. She also studied directing at the New York Film Academy. In 2019, her debut short film “I Know What You Did” was released, starring Michael McKell.

Димитар Дринов

Dimitar Drinov

Dimitar Drinov is the creator and editor-in-chief of the specialized website Operation Kino. Despite his atheistic attitude toward the world, he has an almost religious attitude toward Star Rangers and Scarlett Johansson, so whatever you do, don’t tease him about these topics.

Ралица Паскалева

Ralitsa Paskaleva

Ralitsa Paskaleva is a popular Bulgarian film and stage actress and TV host. She graduated from NATFA in the class of Prof. Stefan Danailov, but even before graduating from the academy, she began filming in Bulgarian and foreign productions.


Пол Остър

Paul Auster

Paul Auster – American novelist, essayist, translator, screenwriter, and poet whose complex novels, several of which are mysteries, are often concerned with the search for identity and personal meaning. Winner of numerous awards, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Оливър Стоун

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone – Master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker known for Midnight Express (1978), Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989). His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returns to success.

Илдико Енеди

Ildikó Enyedi

Ildikó Enyedi – Hungarian director and writer, known for “Simon mágus”, “My Twentieth Century”, “On Body and Soul”, “‘The Story of My Wife”. “On Body and Soul” (2017) has Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and it is winner of FIPRESCI Prize and Golden Berlin Bear for Best Film.

Алехандро Чомски

Alejandro Chomsky

Alejandro Chomsky – Argentine director and writer, known for Hoy y mañana (2003), Feel the Noise (2007), Dormir al sol (2010) and In the Country of Last Things (2020). His film Hoy y mañana was screened in the “Un Certain Regard” section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Алберто Сан Хуан

Alberto San Juan

Alberto San Juan – Spanish film and stage actor and writer, known for the films Mientras Duermes (2011), Bajo las estrellas (2007), El otro lado de la cama (2002). He was awarded Goya and Gaudi prizes in the category “Best supporting actor” for the film Sentimental (2020).

Ешкол Нево

Eshkol Nevo

Eshkol Nevo –  One of Israel’s most critically and commercially acclaimed writers. All of his books have been bestsellers in Israel; his novels have sold over a million copies globally and won several literary prizes.

Илкер Савашкурт

Ilker Savaskurt

Ilker Savaskurt – Talented director, actor and musician. Known for the feature length documentary “Ballad of Exiles – Yilmaz Güney” (2015), “Groom’s Block” – his directorial debut in 2016, and the mysterious drama “Reflection – Akis” (2020).

Fernando Egozcue

Fernando Egozcue

Fernando Egozcue – Argentinian guitarist and composer. He has combined his classical education with jazz influences and contemporary music, becoming the author of an own and exclusive music gender.

Анди Делиана

Andy Deliana

Andy Deliana – Since 2014 Deliana teaches filmmaking at New York Film Academy while giving workshops in film production and directing in various contries. He is mostly known as a producer for various full length feature fictions and documentaries.

Джон Гросман

John Grossman

John Grossman – He has worked in almost every department on a film set. Since 1998 he is owner of New York Production Services, ‘NYPS’ where he became an award-winning commercial producer creating over 1,000 commercials, for clients such as Lancôme, Bulova, Nautica, Levi Strauss, Breyers, HBO, and Macy’s.


Opening Ceremony with a spectacular musical performance, followed by premiere screening of the film Benedetta directed by Paul Verhoeven

LIVE and ONLINE screenings of 49 films, including feature films, documentaries and short films, in seven Bulgarian cities. Competition program of 7 films and parallel program of several sections

Official Award Ceremony in Hall 1 of National Palace of Culture in the presence of Jury members. Announcing the winner by Guillaume Laurant was followed by a premiere screening of Sean Penn’s film “Flag Day”

Gala evenings of European cultures, including Poland, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Denmark and Germany in cooperation with the respective cultural institutes and embassies

Online meeting with the writer Paul Auster and director Alejandro Chomsky аnd official on the occasion of their film In the Country of Last Things inspired by the eponymous novel by Paul Auster

Online meeting with Oliver Stonе, the legendary director of Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, who presented before the festival audience his striking memoir “Chasing the Light“

Online meeting with the Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi (“On Body and Soul”) who told the story of shooting her latest film “The Story of My Wife” – an adaptation of Milán Füst’s novel

Premiere screening of the Turkish film “Reflection” and meeting-discussion with the director İlker Savaşkurt and the Bulgarian-German actress Simona Teoharova

CineLibri award and honorary statuette for the best literary adaptation of the year – it was received in absentia by Audrey Diwan for her film Happening (2021)

Short Film Competition of films inspired by various works of literature; award ceremony and screenings of the distinguished films in the presence of Jury members Stanislava Ivy, Ralitsa Paskaleva, Dimitar Drinov

100 years Stanislaw Lem – evenings and screenings dedicated to the anniversary of the birth of the great Polish master of science fiction

“Dante Alighieri – The Road to Paradise” – a lecture by Lisa Boeva on fragments of Divine Comedy and personality of its author considered “the father of Italian language”

Premiere screening of the documentary “The Capote Tapes”; the eccentric American writer is known for the elegance of his literary language, the softness of the narrative, the penetrating images drawn from his own life

“Amar” (“To love”) – a joint musical performance of actor Alberto San Juan and guitarist and composer Fernando Egozcue

Meeting with the acclaimed Israeli author Eshkol Nevo: presentation of the novel “Three Floors” and premiere screening of the eponymous film directed by Nanni Moretti

Educational webinar “Cinema production VS Commercial production in USA” with the American producers John Grossman and Andy Deliana. The event was organized jointly with the US Embassy in Sofia

Educational webinar “Psychoanalysis and Cinema” with lecturer Svetlozar Vassilev, psychotherapist and writer