European Film Week Workshops:
Bulgarian Director Stanislav Donchev (Letters from Antarctica): I make films for ordinary cinema audiences
Art and Experience: The filmmaking workshop of the 4th European Film Week was held live on Art and Experience Instagram on Wednesday evening, November 11th, with the presence of Stanislav Doncho, director of “Letters from the Antarctic” and Majid Barzegar.
According to the Art and Experience website, first the presenter and translator of the program, Ali Ghiasvand, after greeting the viewers and guests of the program, gave a brief explanation about the story of the film.
“Letters from Antarctica” is a model of European cinema with a look at American cinema
“Today is Nima Yoshij’s birthday and I will start the meeting in memory of this poet,” said Majid Barzegar, greeting Doncho and the program’s online viewers, wishing that the discussion would illuminate the future of Bulgarian cinema. “Letters from the Antarctica” is a model of European cinema in terms of the structure and form of storytelling and screenwriting, which also has a view of American cinema. “I will talk more about this, but before that I would like to ask Stanislav Doncho to comment on contemporary Bulgarian cinema.”
Stanislav Doncho also explained: “We have two types of films in Bulgarian cinema, cult films that are mostly present in the festival space, and the second category is” Letters from Antarctica”, which is related to mainstream cinema. I like to make my own films for more and more ordinary audiences who easily understand the message of the film. “Many films are made each year and receive many awards at festivals, but there is a greater preference for such mainstream cinema films.”
“Bulgarian cinema, naturally, like everywhere else in the world, which includes mainstream films and more cultural and artistic films, is just as art films trying to experience new languages and forms in cinema,” Barzegar said. Since you are a film graduate and teach cinema at university, Bulgarian film productions; “What is the situation and how many films are produced by Bulgarian filmmakers a year?”
In response to this question, Doncho said: “I am not in a position to say the exact details, but in my opinion, from the general point of view, many American films are shot and produced in Bulgaria, and the government provides them with facilities in this regard, including tax returns to investors. “I would prefer to spend more money and capital on making Bulgarian films in these circumstances.”
The fourth European Film Week will be held from November 7 to 16, 2020. In this program, in addition to showing 16 prominent European films online, live review and analysis sessions have been prepared.
Films from 14 countries, including Italy, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and France, will be screened in this film week.
Previously, three editions of European Film Week were organized by the “Art and Experience Iranian Cinema” and “EUNIC ” in Iran, the third film week of which was held from June 8, 2019 in several cities of Iran, which was also welcomed by the audinece.