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BULGARIAN FILM FESTIVAL: Two screenings, with special guests Vanya Doneva, Desislava Pashova and Andrey Hadjivasilev

October 21, 2017 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Screening of the selected for the festival in Cannes Bulgarian short film by Vanya Doneva “Randezvous” and screening of the documentary film by Andrey Hadjivasilev “Steps in the fire”.

“Rendezvous” (Doneva, 2015)

Bulgaria, 2015, 10 min


Cast: Pauline Lalova, Dimitar Zhivkov, Desislava Pashova, Rusalina Chaplikova, Gergana Galabova

Plot: On the verge of the XX century, a poor peasant girl is a maid in a wealthy house. Overworked by her demanding mistress, she can hardly find time for her lover, to whom she wants to get married and by doing so to get rid of serving. But will the obstacles between the two lovers deepen their feelings for each other or will that be the reason for their separation?

“Steps in the fire” (Hadjivasilev, 2015)

Bulgaria, 2015, 50 min.


Plot: In the film “Steps in the Fire” you will witness one of the most Bulgarian traditions – Nestinarstvo (Fire Dancing). The old custom is still preserved in the small village of Bulgari, which is situated in the foot of Strandzha Mountain. “Steps in the Fire” is a movie about a centuries-old sacrament, a sacrament stretched between holy and pagan. The authentic nestinars (fire dancers) dance in the fire only once a year – in the evening of June 3 (this day celebrated the saints Konstantin and Elena according to the old calendar). You will have the opportunity to learn more about the most prominent nestinar, Grandma Zlata, and about the magic of fire dancing.’ (BCI)

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October 21, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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