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Bulgarian Rhapsody-CWB at JFilm

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Manor Theater | 1729 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217



Director: Ivan Nichev

2014, Bulgaria/Israel, 108 minutes, Bulgarian, German and Ladino with subtitles.

A love triangle envelopes three teenagers during the tumultuous summer of 1943 in Bulgaria. Best friends Moni and Giogio practice kissing on pin-up girl posters, listen to jazz, and recite lines made famous by Gable and Bogart. They both fall for Moni's alluring cousin who comes to visit from across the border in Greece. But, inevitably, the war brings everything back to reality despite Bulgaria's refusal to deport its Jews. The film creates a vivid look at the culture of the time and place including a score filled with Balkan folk and klezmer-style melodies and terrific acting by the three young leads. Bulgaria's submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film. Brief nudity.

The Hollywood Reporter says, "Bulgarian Rhapsody is a Holocaust movie almost by default, but also a surprisingly warm and tender evocation of childhood innocence and first love. While the political storm clouds gather over Sofia, Moni and Giogio listen to American jazz, dream of pin-up girls, and trade lines from Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart movies. Despite its slow drift towards tragedy, the film recreates a sumptuous lost world of Bulgarian Jewish culture, its music and food, family gatherings and vibrant multi-cultural street life."

Cast: Kristiyan Makarov, Stefan Popov, Anjela Nedyalkova, Tatyana Lolova, Moni Moshonov

Screenwriters: Yurii Dachev, Tatyana Granitova, Jean Pierre Magro, Ivan Nitchev

Producers: Leon Edery, Moshe Edery, Nissim Levy, Shaul Scherze
Cinematographer: Addie Reiss
Editors: Tatyana Bogdanova, Isaac Sehayek
Production designer: Rossitsa Bakeva
Music: Stephan Dimitrov