No. 1 receives Golden Rose Trophy
by Stefan Dobroiu
18/10/2011 - The top prize of the 30th Golden Rose film festival, held in Varna, went to Atanas Hristoskov's first feature, No. 1 [pic]. The jury unanimously chose the film for its strong message against violence. Hailed as the first Bulgarian hip-hop film, No. 1 tells the story of a conflict between two schools.
Popular Bulgarian actor Philip Avramov (Tilt ), who plays a literature teacher in No. 1, received the award for Best Actor. Written by Yavor Mihaylov and Atanas Hristoskov and produced by Incoms Project with the help of the National Film Center, No. 1 will be domestically released before the end of 2011.
Three of the festival's awards went to box-office sensation Love.net. Director Ilian Djevelekov received the award for Best First Feature, also sharing a Best Screenplay award with Neli Dimitrova and Matey Konstantinov. Lilia Maraviglia was chosen as Best Actress. Domestically released in April, Love.net become the second-best opener in Bulgaria, after the already legendary comedy Mission: London [trailer]. After 20 weeks of screenings in local cinemas, Love.net reached 200,000 admissions.
Konstantin Bojanov received the Best Director award for his film Avé [trailer, film focus] and Julian Atanassov went home with the Best Cinematographer award for Kamen Kalev's second feature The Island [trailer], which had its world premiere in this year's Director's Fortnight sidebar at Cannes.
Best Short Film award went to Alexander Etimov's Demons, while Operation Shmenti Capelli by Ivan Mitov was selected for the Audience Award. The Special Award of the National Film Centre, one of the festival's organizers, went to actor Boris Loukanov, for his outstanding contribution to Bulgarian cinema during his half-century-long career.