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The Sinking of Sozopol in pre-production

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- Bulgarian director Kostadin Bonev goes to the city of Sozopol to tell story of loss and redemption

The Sinking of Sozopol in pre-production

Bulgarian director Kostadin Bonev (pictured) is currently in pre-production with his new feature project, The Sinking of Sozopol. The drama focuses on a group of people who must find a way to one another afterhaving hurt each other deeply in the past.

The protagonist is Chavo, a 50-year-old man who goes to the city of Sozopol with ten bottles of vodka in his bag. Chavo knows that something will happen in the ancient Bulgarian seaside town, where he was born and lived. Followed by a weird woman and drinking his bottles of vodka, Chavo must come to terms with the past, his lost friends and lost love Neva, who is now living in Montreal.

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Bonev will soon begin casting for the film and is currently looking for co-production companies to gather the €1.5m budget. The project received help from the National Film Centre last year and is produced by Bonev's Trivium Films and co-produced by Borough Film. Vladimir Andreev and Georgi Balkanski are the producers.

The script is written by the director together with Ina Vylchanova. Konstantin Zankov will be the film's DoP and shooting is planned to take place in Bulgaria, as well as Turkey and Canada.

Bonev's previous fiction feature is War Correspondent, which received the Audience Award at the Sofia International Film festival in 2008. In 2009, the director finished Europolis - The Town of the Delta, a documentary about Romanian author Jean Bart's novel Europolis and its prophecies regarding the town of Sulina, which he considered “a Europe in miniature”.

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