On the eve of the seventh edition of the cinema-literary festival Cinelibre, which this year will delight the audience for a whole month - between 2 and October 31, feverish preparations are underway for dozens of events with the participation of wonderful Bulgarian and foreign artists, speakers and producers.
Due to the pandemic, some of the events will be held online, but this will allow video meetings and conversations to be distributed after the end of the festival and thus reach more connoisseurs of cinema inspired by great literature.
Also on October 3, Sunday, the premiere screening of the mysterious drama "Otrazhenie" will take place at the Lumiere cinema in the presence of director Ilker Savashkurt and the film crew, part from which is the Bulgarian-German actress Simona Teoharova.A vivid tribute to the author of "Naked Lunch" William Burroughs, one of the icons of the Beat generation, the script of "Reflection" is littered with references to famous artists and thinkers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Jean Baudrillard, Jean-Paul Sartre.
A tribute to fans of the great American writer and "inventor of loneliness" Paul Auster is the world premiere of the film "In the Land of Last Things", an adaptation of the dystopian novel of the same name, which will take place on October 5 at 20:30 at the House of Cinema. An elusive chronicler of New York, the author of "4321" possesses a rare ability to deconstruct human behavior and, like Don de Lillo and Philip Roth, with whom he is often compared, is interested in such topics as alienation in the modern world, the isolation of the intellectual, the fine line between normality and madness, the impossibility of escaping the imperatives of consumer society. As part of the event, we will establish a video link with Paul Oster and the director of the film, Alejandro Chomsky.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the unsurpassed Polish fiction writer, satirist, humanist, philosopher, futurist and experimenter Stanisław Lem, on October 14 at the Polish Cultural Institute from 7:00 p.m., for the first time in our country will be shown Hanka Brulinska's short films "The Room" and "The Mask" based on his work. And on October 20 at 7:00 p.m., at the Peroto Literary Club, we will present the brilliant survey book "World on the Edge" and the new edition of the cult sci-fi masterpiece "Solaris" - both translated by Lina Vasileva. The event is open to the public. Fans of Lem can also watch the performance "Solaris", which is performed in October on the 7th and 14th, from 7:30 p.m., in the New Theater - NDK. Stage adaptation and direction – Martin Kiryakov.
The award ceremony for the winners of this year's short film competition inspired by a literary work will take place on October 28 at 7:00 p.m.at Joy Station and will also be free admission. The final selection of seven films included five Bulgarian productions - "Longing for what it is", "Get lost in Africa", "Mr. Self', 'Natasha's Dream', 'Struindol' and '8848', and a French film en titled 'The Angel of the Strange'. The laureates will be announced by a jury composed of Stanislava Ivy - journalist and producer, Dimitar Drinov - editor-in-chief of Operation Kino, Ralitsa Paskaleva - actress. The event takes place in partnership with TatraTea and will be crowned with a themed party.
The official start of Cinelibri 2021 is on October 2, Saturday, at exactly 19:00 in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture, and after the festive ceremony, the premiere of the director's provocative biographical drama "Benedetta" will take place Paul Verhoeven ("Her," "Homecoming," "Primal Instinct"). The young gift of Belgian cinema Virginie Efira ("She", "In Bed with Victoria") is embodied in the image of Benedetta Carlini, the main character in the book "Indecent Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy" by Judith K.Brown. This bold and unusual adaptation, intertwining the themes of religion, sex and power, received nominations for the Palme d'Or and Queer palm at the Cannes Film Festival and two nominations at the San Sebastian International Film Festival - for Best Film and the Audience Award.
We would like to remind you that the Kolibri publishing house's cinema-literary promotion "By the letters of the seventh art" is currently running, offering a 30% discount for all screened books. From October 2 to 31, viewers will also have parallel access to 21 selected titles from the festival program through the Neterra.TV+ platform. The Cinelibri team calls on all cinema visitors to strictly observe the anti-epidemic measures. Viewers can purchase tickets for the screenings in the capital here:
Cinelibri 2021 is realized with the support of the Capital Program "Culture", National Film Center, National Culture Fund, "Culture" Fund of Varna Municipality, Burgas Municipality, Veliko Tarnovo Municipality.The festival is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of the Metropolitan Municipality for 2021