Ilian Metev’s 3/4 wins the top prize at Sofia
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Films from Hungary and Turkey have also picked up important awards at the Bulgarian gathering
On Friday night, the jury led by Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi announced the winners of the 22nd edition of Bulgaria’s biggest film event, the Sofia International Film Festival. The top prize, the “Sofia City of Film” Grand Prix, went to Ilian Metev’s first fiction feature, 3/4 [+see also:
interview: Ilian Metev
film profile], which became a festival darling immediately after winning the Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present sidebar at last year’s Locarno Film Festival.
It is the fourth consecutive year when a Bulgarian production, or at least a feature with a mainly Bulgarian core, has won the festival’s Grand Prix, after Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s The Lesson [+see also:
interview: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Val…
interview: Margita Gosheva
film profile] (2015), Eliza Petkova’s Zhaleika [+see also:
film profile] (2016, technically a German production, but with a deeply Bulgarian story and shot exclusively in Bulgaria) and Ralitza Petrova’s Godless [+see also:
interview: Ralitza Petrova
film profile] (2017).
Here is the complete list of award winners at Sofia:
Best Bulgarian Short
Transfiguration - Stefan Ganev
Shame - Petar Krumov
Miniature for Piano - Eldora Traykova (Bulgaria)
Young Jury Award
Genesis - Arpad Bogdan
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