Programme

THE FATHER (BASHTATA)

Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Bulgaria, Greece, 2019 / 87 min / Bulgarian OV with English subt. / Drama, Comedy

An intimate family drama about a mourning father and son facing the guilt they feel towards the one they lost.

Vassil has just lost his long-time partner Ivanka. When a neighbour proclaims at her funeral that the dead woman called her on her cellphone, the bereaved husband and sucker for the supernatural seeks out the help of a well-known psychic to try and make contact with her. His estranged son Pavel attempts to bring him to his senses, but Vassil stubbornly insists on doing things his own way. Pavel tags along to make sure his nutty old dad stays out of harm’s way. The unhinged adventure that follows will make them face the guilt they feel towards the one they lost and helps rekindle their father-son-relationship.

“Following the internationally successful The Lesson and Glory, Grozeva and Valchanov return with an intimate family drama about the difficulties of connecting with those close to us. As the picture slowly gathers momentum, its story unfolds many of the carefully arranged absurd or comic situations typical for the Bulgarian filmmaking duo.” Lenka Tyrpáková, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Screenings
Tue 10/03 14:30 Cinémathèque BG OV with EN subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=28947&kassi...

« Le film est formidablement porté par les performances impressionnantes de Barnev et Savov. » Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa, 03/07/19

Awards
  • Best Feature Film, Trieste Film Festival, 2020 (Italy)
  • Best Feature Film, Tirana International Film Festival, 2019 (Albania)
  • Best Director Award, Sakhalin International Film Festival, 2019 (Russia)
  • Audience Choice Grand Prix, Award, Sakhalin International Film Festival, 2019 (Russia)
  • Crystal Globe – Best Film, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2019 (Czech Republic)
  • Best Screenplay, Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, 2019 (Bulgaria)
  • Best Film, Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, 2019 (Bulgaria)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov, Nikolay Todorov, Boyan Doychinov, Margita Gosheva, Ivanka Bratoeva
Screenplay 
Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Cinematographer 
Krum Rodriguez
Sound 
Ivan Andreev
Set 
Vanina Geleva
Music 
Hristo Namliev
Production 
Abraxas Film
Coproduction 
Graal Films
Distribution 
Wide
Biography

Kristina Grozeva, born in Sofia, Bulgaria, graduated in Journalism from the University of Sofia in 2000 and in Film and TV Directing from the National Academy of Film and Theatre Arts in 2005. Petar Valchanov graduated from the NATFA as well. Together they co-directed the documentary Parable of Life (2009) and the short film Jump (2013). The Lesson (2014), their fiction feature debut, won numerous awards amongst which the 2015 Grand Prix of the Luxembourg City Film Festival. In 2017, their next film, Glory (2016) won the Critics’ Award at Luxembourg City Film Festival.

Filmography
  • Kristina Grozeva
  • 2019 – Bashtata
  • 2019 – Ostrovat na sinite ptitsi (8 épisodes de la série TV / 8 episodes of the TV Series / 8 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 2016 – Slava
  • 2014 – Urok
  • 2013 – Reki bez mostove (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2012 – Skok (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2010 – Avariyno katzane
  • 2009 – Gap (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2008 – Ptitzi bozhii (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2006 – Igra (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2006 – Basilisk: The Serpent King
  • 2005 – Poslednata pastirka (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2004 – Toshka i Toshko (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • Petar Valchanov
  • 2019 – Bashtata
  • 2019 – Ostrovat na sinite ptitsi (8 épisodes de la série TV / 8 episodes of the TV Series / 8 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 2018 – 8 Minutes and 19 Seconds
  • 2016 – Stolen Life (série TV / TV series / Fernsehserie)
  • 2016 – Slava
  • 2014 – Urok
  • 2013 – Reki bez mostove (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2013 – Darvoto na jivota (2 épisodes de la série TV / 2 episodes of the TV Series / 2 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 2012 – Kade e Magi (série TV / TV Series / Fernsehserie)
  • 2012 – Skok (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2011 – Domashen Arest (série TV / TV Series / Fernsehserie)
  • 2010-2011 – Stuklen dom (6 épisodes de la série TV / 6 episodes of the TV Series / 6 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 2010 – Avariyno katzane
  • 2006 – Basilisk: The Serpent King
  • 2005 – Uloveni (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2004 – Vazkresenie (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2001 – Shock (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)