Archive for the 'Movies' Category

Covid-20 – sci-fi short film

March 23, 2021

Getting involved with the arts, one way or another, seems to run in the family. Like mother, like daughter. I met Titi (Tatiana Hristova) some 15+ years ago when she was a little kid. Now delighted to see her as an assistant producer & director of this sci-fi short film (9+minutes) set in the near future. Spooky at times, optimistic at others – it is great to see a young crew come up with an amazing and relevant idea. 

Frida

February 10, 2020

Frida (2002) – a biography of the artist Frida Kahlo. The movie chronicles the life of Frida Kahlo shared with Diego Rivera.

This is the kind of story that goes straight to one’s heart and brain. And you wonder: “How could this really be true.. how could this really happen?”

The Master and Margarita

February 5, 2020

Reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita in different ages has a different impact on the reader. Bulgakov portrays evil as being inseparable from our world as light is from darkness. Both Jesus and Satan dwell mostly inside people. The Master and Margarita with its supernatural elements is always a pleasure to read or watch.

Sarajevo

July 7, 2019

Sarajevo and its surroundings – diverse atmosphere, reminding of Istanbul and Wien at the same time, and fantastic nature views from the six mountains around. Watching Danis Tanovic’s No Man’s Land movie there makes one very sad, seeing the nature of war – hell.

The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd

February 10, 2019

The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd” – a movie about the tough choices we make along the way. It feels like a psychological drama at times, a combination of a thriller and a romantic comedy at others. The minimal mise-en-scene and the natural acting makes the movie an enjoyable watch that leaves you with a number of questions to ponder over at the end…

Bubblegum

October 6, 2018

Some Bulgarian movies give an artistic insight into childhood under communism, dreams and illusions then, and today’s reality. Such is the case of 2017 movie “Bubblegum” [original title: Дъвка за балончета], directed by Stansilav Todorov. Two parallel stories, intricately interwoven, one about protagonists’ past, the other – their current fairy tale. A movie about the love we are desperately trying to forget. Loved every minute of it.

Image courtesy: Lenta