WORLD PREMIERE IN THE OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - UN CERTAIN REGARD
WESTERN BY VALESKA GRISEBACH
Komplizen Film (Germany) in co-production with Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), COOP99 (Austria), KNM and ZDF-Das Kleine Fernesenspiel.
Funded by Minister of State For Culture and Media, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MDM Miteldeutsche Medienforderung, German Federal Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Center, Austrian Film Institute, Media
Germany, Bulgaria, Austria
A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote building site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when two men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.
Written and directed by Valeska Grisebach
Cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Frangipova, Viara Borisova
Producers: Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Valeska Grisebach, Michel Merkt
Co-Producers: Boris Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
Line Producer: Ben von Dobeneck
Director of Photography: Bernhard Keller
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Production Sound Mixer: Uve Haußig
Costume Designer: Veronika Albert
Set Designer: Beatrice Schultz
Valeska Grisebach studied Philosophy and German Studies in Berlin, Munich and Vienna. In 1993 she began studying to be a director at the Viennese Film Academy under Peter Patzak, Wolfgang Glück and Michael Haneke. Her graduation film BE MY STAR was nominated for the Adolf-Grimme-Award in 2002 and received the Critics’ Award at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the Grand Jury Award at the Turin Film Festival. Her second feature film, LONGING, premiered in 2006 in the Berlinale Competition. The film received several awards, including the Special Jury Award in Buenos Aires, the Grand Prix Asturias at the Gijón International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival.
Cannes Film Festival, 2017 – Un Certain Regard selection
35th Munich International Film Festival, 2017
Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017 – Nomination for Best International Film
LUX Film Prize Official selection, 2017
17th T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festoval, Poland, 2017 - International Competition
Yerevan International Film Festival, 2017 – Jury Special Mention Award
20th Motovun Film Festival,2017, Croatia – Propeller of Motovun Award & FIPRESCI Prize
WORLD PREMIERE IN THE OFFICIAL SELECTION OF TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ,2017 -
WON “BEST FILM” IN THE INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
SON OF SOFIA BY ELINA PSYKOU
Heretic (Greece) in co-production with Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), KinoElektron (France).
Funded by Greek Film Center, CNC, Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe Media, Eurimages
Drama | 2017 | DCP | 110 Min.
Greece, Bulgaria, France
Athens, 2004 summer Olympic Games. 11-year-old Misha arrives from Russia to live with his mother, Sofia. What he doesn’t know is that there is a father waiting for him there. While Greece is living the Olympic dream, Misha will get violently catapulted into the adult world, riding on the dark side of his favorite fairy tales.
Written and directed by Elina Psykou
Cast: Victor Khomut ,Valery Tscheplanova ,Thanasis Papageorgiou, Artenis Havalits ,Areti Seidaridou , Yvone Maltezou
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Co-Producers: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Janja Kral
Director of Photography: Dionysis Efthimiopoulos
Editor: Nelly Ollivault
Production Sound Mixer: Boris Trayanov
Costume designer: Marli Aliferi
Set designer: Pinelopi Valti
Elina Psykou’s first feature, “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas,” won the Works in Progress Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2012 and premiered at the Berlinale Forum in 2013. Psykou is currently researching her first documentary, “To Live and Die in Europe,” and writing her third feature. “Son of Sofia” premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Best Film Award.
Tribeca Film Festival, 2017 – Best Film
18th Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea, 2017
11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival,2017 – Best Feature Special Jury Award
39th Moscow International Film Festival, 2017
Transatlantyk Festival, Poland ,2017
Gimli Film Festival, Canada, 2017
Sarajevo Film Festival, 2017 - Competition
Best Film – Tribeca Film Festival, 2017
A SHIP IN THE ROOM BY LYUBOMIR MLADENOV
Front Film in co-production with Chouchkov Brothers
Funded by Bulgarian National Film Center
Drama: 2016 | DCP | 120 min
Paula and Philip meet by accident. Philip houses Paula and her brother Ivan, who are left homeless.
A year ago Ivan got beaten and ever since he doesn’t go out. Philip is a photographer and he’s taking pictures of the outside world for Ivan. Ivan is feeling revived and this gets Philip inspired.
Ivan runs away, Paula passes out. She’s taken to emergency for a heart operation. Filip is waiting for a miracle, hoping he will be able to walk all his way towards Paula
Written and directed by Lyubomir Mladenov
Cast: Tzvetan Alexiev, Elena Dimitrova, Ivan Dimitrov
Producer: Nadejda Koseva
Co-Producers: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov Jr.
Director of Photography: Dian Zagorchinov
Editor: Lyubomir Mladenov
Sound mixer: Momchil Bozhkov
Art director: Victor Andreev
Costume designer: Yana Lozeva
WORLD PREMIERE AT BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
WHY ME / DE CE EU? BY TUDOR GIURGIU
Libra Film (Romania) in co-production with Chouchov Brothers (Bulgaria), Cor Leonis Films (Hungary) and Hai-Hui Entertainment (Romania)
Funded by Romanian National Film Center, Bulgarian National Film Center, Eurimages, MEDIA Program and SEE Cinema Network, with the participation of HBO Romania.
The project has been developed with the support of Berlinale Coproduction Market, EAVE - European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs and CineLink Co-Production Market
Drama: | Thriller / DCP / 130 min
Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary
Based on real events, Why Me? tells the story of Cristian, a young idealistic prosecutor whose career is on the rise, tries to crack a case against a senior colleague accused of corruption. The dilemma of choosing between his career and the truth weighs heavily on his shoulders. Looking further to solve the case, he enters a danger zone paved with unexpected and painful revelations.
Written and directed by Tudor Giurgiu
Cast: Emilian Oprea, Mihai Constantin, Andreea Vasile, Liviu Pintileasa, Dan Condurache, Alin Florea, Sore Mihalache, Lucretia Mandric, Mihai Smarandache
Producer: Oana Giurgiu
Co-producers: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Maria Metodieva, Vagasi Emoke
Director of Photography: Marius Panduru
Editor: Lemhenyi Reka
Sound: Florin Tabacaru, Dumitri Alexandru, Liviu Lupsa
Costume designer: Szelyes Andrea
Set designer: Cristian Niculescu
Composer: Viktor Chouchkov
Make-up: Valentin Valov
Tudor Giurgiu (born 1972 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) is a Romanian film director. He was President of Romanian National Television, TVR between 2005 and 2007. Tudor Giurgiu is also a director of feature films and documentaries. Giurgiu owns Librafilm, an independent production company and is the founder and president of Romanian Film Promotion, which puts on the Transilvania International Film Festival.
Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj Napoca, Romania 2015
Berlin International Film Festival, February 2015
Vilnius International Film Festival, April 2015
Beaune International Thriller Film Festival 2015, April 2015
Go East Wiesbaden Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, April 2015
ArtFilm Fest, Slovakia, June 2016
Odessa International Film Festival, Ukraine, July 2015
Motovun IFF, Croatia, July 2015
Cambridge IFF, UK, September 2015
Helsinki Film Festival, Finland, September 2015
Cleveland International Film Festival, 2016
Valladolid International Film Festival, 2015
Wiesbaden go East Festival, 2015
Winner of Award of the Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics for the best film in the Balkan Competition - Sofia International Film Festival, March 2015
Special Mention - Andrei Tarkovsky International Film Festival Zerkalo - Ivanovo, June 2015
Special prize of the international ecumenical jury - CineFest - Festival International Miskolci, Hungary, September 2015
BEST DEBUT FEATURE - 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, BULGARIAN OSCAR ENTRY 2012
TILT BY VIKTOR CHOUCHKOV
Chouchkov Brothers in co-production with Ostlicht Filmproduktion (Germany), Bulgarian National Television.
Funded by: Bulgarian National Film Center, MDM, MEDIA, Bulgarian National Television, EURIMAGES, Sofia Cultural Fund
Supported by ScripTeast Programme
Drama, Romance: | 2011 | DCP | 97 min.
Can a young love survive in times of turmoil and chaos?
During the 90’s in Bulgaria daredevil Stash and the rebellious Becky fall in love with each other. When Stash and his friends get caught by the police for some small-time crimes such as selling German porn tapes, Katev, Becky’s father and big Militia boss, gets personally involved with the case. He threatens Stash and the gang with prison if Stash continues to see Becky, so the young men eventually have to leave the country. They emigrate to a small town in Germany. After a tough year, during which Stash unsuccessfully attempts to contact Becky, the group takes the first chance to return. Political changes, corruption, social suppression: in the meantime Bulgaria has changed completely – and so has Becky...
Director: Viktor Chouchkov
Writers: Viktor Chouchkov and Borislav Chouchkov
Cast: Yavor Baharoff, Radina Kardzhilova, Ivaylo Dragiev, Ovanes Torosyan, Alexander Sano and George Staykov
Producer: Borislav Chouchkov
Co-Producers: Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab, Ostlicht Filmproduktion, Bulgarian National Television
Director of Photography: Rali Ralchev
Editor: Kostadin Kostadinov, Zoritsa Kotseva
Sound: Alexander Bachvarov
Costume Designer: Elena Stoyanova
Set Designer: Vanina Geleva
Viktor Chouchkov Jr. got a master’s degree in film directing from the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts school in Sofia. Before that he graduated from the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Sofia. He has directed short films, numerous music videos, documentaries, Tv commercials.
In 2003 together with his brother Borislav, he established the production company CHOUCHKOV BROTHERS with the main goal to produce feature films.
His first feature TILT was awarded for Best debut at the Raindance IFF, James Lyon award for Best editing at Woodstock IFF, Best director at the California Independent FF and another international and national awards. TILT has been in competition and in the official selection of Festivals such as Seattle IFF, Santa Barbara IFF, Palm Springs IFF, Jerusalim IFF, Glasgow FF, Goteborg IFF, Montreal IFF, Transilvania IFF etc. TILT was the Bulgarian Oscars entry.
Golden Rose (Bulgaria)
Santa Barbara Film Festival (USA)
Goteborg Film Festival (Sweden)
Sofia Film Fest (Bulgaria)
Cyprus Film Days
National Festival of Cinematographers (Bulgaria)
SIFF Cinema (USA)
Transilvania Film Festival (Romania)
Fresh Film Festival (Czech Republic)
Montreal World Film Festival (Canada)
Voukovar Film Festival (Croatia)
Singapore Film Festival
Raindance (United Kingdom)
Woodstock Film Festival (USA)
Kaunas Film Festival
Romanian International Film Festival
European Film Festival in Malta
Cottbus Film Festival (Germany)
Napa Valley Film Festival (USA)
European Film Festival (Canada)
Cinedays Film Festival, Skopje (Macedonia)
Palm Spring IFF (USA)
Mill Valley Film Festival (USA)
California Independent Film Festival (USA)
Glasgow Film Festival (UK)
Cinema Mundi IFF (Czech Republic)
Cleveland IFF (USA)
Phoenix Film Festival (USA)
New York Bulgarian Film Festival (USA)
Independent Filmmakers Showcase (USA)
Atlanta International Film Festival 365, (USA)
Athens International Film Festival (USA)
Seattle True Independent Film Festival (USA), #2 in the audience vote among 450 films
Jerusalem IFF (Israel)
Indianapolis International Film Festival (USA)
Bulgarian Oscar Entry
Best Debut Feature– 20th Raindance Film Festival
Best Feature Editing - Woodstock Film Festival
Best Director – California Independent Film Festival
Main award for DOP - National Festival of Cinematographers
Awards for Best Balkan Film and Best Cinematography - Cinedays Film Festival, Skopje (Macedonia)
Special Award of Varna, Best Actor – Golden Rose Film Festival
Award for Best International Feature- Independent Filmmakers Showcase (USA)
HOMO LUDENS BY IVAN PANTELEEV
Produced by Chouchkov Brothers and Bulgarian National Television
Funded by Bulgarian National Television
Documentary | 56 min
A documentary film about the esteemed Bulgarian theatrical director Dimitar Gotchev (1943-2013) who lived and worked in Germany.
Directed and written: by Ivan Panteleev
Cast: Dimitar Gotchev, Ivan Panteleev, Almut Zilcher, Samuel Finzi, Wolfram Koch, Margit Bendokat
Producers: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Sevda Shishmanova
Director of Photography: Jens Harant
WORD PREMIER AT MOSCOW IFF, 2009
CRAYFISH BY IVAN CHERKELOV
Klas Flim in co-production with Chouchkov Brothers.
Funded by Bulgarian National Film Center
Drama: | 2009 | 35mm | 110min
Two best friends get involved into the domination games of two mafia bosses in post-communist Bulgaria. Clutching like crayfish to the baits of everyday life, they determine their fates: without the other one knowing, they are manipulated to take seemingly harmless tasks.
Parallel to the criminal line in the story, our attention is drawn toward the inner problems of the characters, toward the links that exist between everything and everyone. The two friends try fruitlessly to establish a dialogue. A dialogue about relationships, about death, about responsibilities, about the essence…
Written and Directed by Ivan Cherkelov
Cast: Filip Avramov, Valeri Yordanov, Slava Doycheva, Rangel Vulchanov, Nikolai Urumov
Producer: Rositsa Valkanova
Co-Producers: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov
Director of Photography: Rali Ralchev
Еditor: Zoritsa Kotseva
Sound: Alexander Bachvarov
Costume designer: Daniela Ivanova
Set Designer: Vanina Geleva
Moscow IFF, 2009
Karlovy Vary IFF, 2009
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