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The Father

After the funeral of Vasil’s wife, the belief that she has phoned from beyond the grave leads to a journey both touching and absurd.

Dir Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Prod Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Konstantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou
Scr Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov
With Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov
Bulgaria-Greece-Italy
2019
90min
Prod Co Abraxas Film
With English subtitles

Based on a real-life event, writer-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov became fascinated by how a ‘completely rational person can fall for the supernatural’. After the phone call from his dead wife, Vasil (Ivan Savov) contacts a well-known psychic and attempts to locate his wife’s aura by sleeping in the woods. His son Pavel – a brilliant serio-comic performance by Ivan Barnev – is forced to accompany him on his quixotic journey while attempting to bring him to his senses. The contrasts between the artist-dissident father and mild mannered son operate on several levels, providing an intimate take on the absurdities of everyday life, pointing to social and personal divisions both past and present.

Peter Hames

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  • Petar Valchanov, director.

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Filmmaker’s attendance made possible thanks to the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London.

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