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The Father Baštata

Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valčanov / Bulgaria, Greece / 2019 / 87 min / Bulgarian

The winning film of the 2019 Karlovy Vary Festival. An intimate family drama about the difficulties of connecting with those close to us, The Father’s story is depicted through many carefully arranged absurd or comic situations.

festivals, awards Karlovi Vari/Karlovy Vary 2019 (najboljši film/Best Film), Sakhalin 2019 (najboljša režija/Best Director, nagrada občinstva/Audience Award), Toronto 2019, London 2019, Valladolid 2019


Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Ivanka. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cell phone, Vasil solicits the help of a well-known psychic in order to try to contact his wife. His son Pavel tries to bring him to his senses, but Vasil stubbornly insists on doing things his own way.

"The relationship between father and son was built based on what we saw happening around us, what we saw happening between us and our parents. I think it's something important to talk about. It's important to try to be more connected and solve our problems in a good way. We think these things [points at a mobile phone] do not connect us, many times they're obstacles in the way of communication. That's why miscommunication became one of the main topics of our film." (Kristina Grozeva)

Kristina Grozeva in Petar Valčanov
Grozeva (1976) and Valchanov (1982) studied film directing at the NATFA Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Their shorts have been awarded at several major international festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Bussan and Brussels. The Father is their third feature film.

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