Cinelibri 2021 started with a bang and a spectacular performance

Cinelibri 2021 started with a bang and a spectacular performance
Cinelibri 2021 started with a bang and a spectacular performance

A beautiful ceremony preceded by a spectacular performance opened the seventh edition of Cinelibri in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture on October 2. Connoisseurs of first-class cinema and the literature that inspires it, this year too can enjoy dozens of exciting cinema-literary events and meetings until the end of October.

As is tradition, the festive evening began with a welcome from Jacqueline Wagenstein, founder, director and chief selector of the festival. And since this year's edition of Cinelibri is dedicated to the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death, a specially selected fragment of his magnificent "Divine Comedy" was played on stage.Before that, the spectators witnessed a spectacular performance, the symbolism of which is subordinate to the overall concept of the festival. The author of the idea is Maria Nalbantova – artist and visual artist; the project team also includes: Stefani Khandzhiyska (dance and choreography), Ivelina Ivanova (animation), Georgi Atanasov (composer).

After the ceremony, the Bulgarian premiere of the provocative biographical drama "Benedetta" by Paul Verhoeven took place. The film is an adaptation of the book Indecent Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith K. Brown. A co-production of France and the Netherlands, "Benedetta" arrives in our country with two nominations from the Cannes Film Festival - for the "Golden Palm" and the so-called "Strange Palm", as well as a nomination for the Audience Award from the San Sebastian Film Festival. Viewers who missed the opening can visit one of the upcoming screenings: Today, October 4, from 7:00 the Lumiere cinema, audiences can see Maria Schrader's magnificent film I Am Your Man, chosen to represent Germany at the 2022 Oscars for Best Foreign Film.

Winner of the Berlinale Silver Bear Award, the film tells the story of a young female scientist who accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment: for three weeks she must live with a humanoid robot created to make happy On October 7, in the Casa Libri at "Tsar Assen" 64, within the parallel program of the festival, the lecture "Dante Alighieri - The Road to Heaven" by Lisa Boeva ​​will be held with the special participation of Itzko Finzi, who will read illustrative excerpts from the spectacular work of Dante.

A day later, on October 8, at the "Vlaikova" cinema from 7:00 p.m., the "Psychoanalysis and Cinema" program will offer a screening of the film "Three Floors" and a discussion with an analysis of the viewing experience with moderator Svetlozar Vassilev.Director Nani Moretti tells a story about human relationships through the impact of death, sexuality, upbringing, abuse of trust and forgiveness on them. The film is a loose adaptation of Eshkol Nevo's bestseller of the same name, which is an experiment with the form of the novel itself, but also with the attempts of a diverse society to discover its identity. The writer is expected to arrive in Sofia for the presentation of the book and the film on October 16.

On October 9, a free webinar with American producers John Grossman and Andy Deliana will take place on the CineLibri Facebook page at 5:00 p.m. The lecture will be held in English, the topic is "Cinema production VS Commercial production in USA". The event is organized jointly with the US Embassy in Sofia and is intended for students and professionals in the field of cinema and advertising who are interested in the development opportunities in the sector in the US.

The meeting with Georgi Toshev on October 11 at the Odeon cinema at 6:30 p.m. is not to be missed.He will present his film "Cinema Lesson", dedicated to Jean-Jacques Annaud, the creator of iconic films such as "The Name of the Rose", "The Lover", "The Bear" and "Seven Years in Tibet". A living legend of world cinematography, Ano is working on a script for a new film related to the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Georgi Toshev met with the director in Paris, and the result is this curious and exciting documentary. Some screenings are already sold out, hurry to get tickets for the films and events you are interested in:

Photos are the work of Orlin Ognyanov and Iliyan Ruzhin.

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