– The second feature film by the Bulgarian director seeks to explore the animal side in humans and the human side in animals
Director Nadejda Koseva on the set
Two years after its debut, Irina [+see also:
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film profile], has triumphed in various festivals around the world and was among the nominees for the European Discovery Prize 2019 – FIPRESCI Prize (read the item), June 10, Nadezhda Koseva will start shooting his next feature film, tentatively titled Beggar, with a complex located along the southern bank of the Danube, near the city of Ruse. The river plays a key role in the plot according to Koseva – it is not only part of the backdrop, but has a narrative function. The production, managed by the Bulgarian company Borough film, is financially supported by the Bulgarian National Cinema Center and Bulgarian national television while negotiating co-production possibilities with Hungarian Proton Cinema.
The story, written by a veteran Bulgarian screenwriter Boyan papazov, known for its rebel scripts in the 1970s, revolves around a 250kg wild boar brought to a Danube village to be ritually slaughtered for a trophy by a wealthy Canadian. Local man Glukhov (filmmaker Kamen Kalev, who led February [+see also:
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“Instincts, fears and the love between the characters (humans and animals) are the real engine of the story,” says Koseva. “Alive, dense, paradoxical, ridiculous and multi-layered, they constitute the flesh of the film and reflect the world around it. The action takes place during Holy Week, so the protagonist Yovo the Beggar is charged with the symbolic mission of opposing the egocentricity and commercialism of our time in order to bring hope, as every year at Easter. “Yovo proves that intelligence does not depend on education, but on the strength of his personality. He pokes fun at the cynical ‘elite’ who treat notions such as national identity, culture, history and solidarity as empty words, ”Koseva adds.
The direction of photography will again be in the hands of Kiril Prodanov, who has proven his talent for creating meaningful close-up portraits in Irina. A static camera and soft light will mark the visual style, while images found from local cable TV, drones or cellphones will also be included.