Dragomir Sholev's 'Shelter' Wins Grand Prix at Sofia Film Fest

The black comedy about young Bulgarian punks and also collected the Kodak award for the best Bulgarian feature film and the audience award.

 

MOSCOW -- The movie Podslon (Shelter) by Bulgarian director Dragomir Sholev was awarded the Grand Prix of the Sofia International Film Festival, which came to a close in the Bulgarian capital over the weekend.

The black comedy about young Bulgarian punks and lack of communication between parents and children also collected the Kodak award for the best Bulgarian feature film and the audience award.

The international jury, chaired by Icelandic director and producer Fridrik Tor Fridrikson, chose to give the special jury award to Kar Beyaz (White As Snow) by Turkish director Nur Gunes.

Brazilian first-time feature director Joao Nuno Pinto picked up the best director award for America, co-produced by Portugal, Russia, Spain and Brazil. The FIPRESCI jury gave its award to the French/Swedish/Danish co-production Sounds of Noise, directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson.

The Domain Boyar award for the best Balkan film, awarded by the Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics, went to Ivailo Hristov’s Stapki v pyasaka (Footsteps in the Sand).

Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, Bulgarian actor Russi Chanev, French director Claude Lelouch and Georgian/French director Otar Iosseliani were awarded the Sofia Municipality Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinema.

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