The Father

SEMINCI | Año: 2019 | País: Bulgaria / Greece

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A day after Valentina’s passing, her bereaved husband Vassil and son Pavel find out that she persistently keeps trying to call the neighbour on the phone. A sucker for the supernatural, Vassil sets out on a trip to meet a famous medium, forcing his estranged son Pavel to tag along and make sure his nutty old dad stays out  of harm’s way.

El/la director/a

Kristina Grozeva (b. 1976, Sofia) and Petar Valchanov (b. 1982, Plovdiv) are a writerproducer director couple based in Sofia, Bulgaria. They first met at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts and have been working together ever since. In 2009 they cemented this collaboration into their very own production company Abraxas Film. Their short film debut Jump (2012) became the first Bulgarian film ever nominated for the European Film Awards. Their feature debut The Lesson (2014) and its follow-up Glory (2016) went on to become two of the most acclaimed Bulgarian films of the 21st century. The titles are parts of the directors’ so-called Newspaper Clippings Trilogy of stories inspired by media sensations depicting the absurdity of life in post-communist Bulgaria. Their third feature film, The Father (2019), won the Crystal Globe Award to the Best Film at Karlovy Vary Film Festival.


Monday 21: Calderón Theater, 12.00 (Press Preference Pass) / Calderón Theater, 19.00
Tuesday 22: Carrión Theater, 16.30