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GOLDEN ROSE 2019 Awards

The Father wins the top award at the 37th Golden Rose Film Festival

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- Rounds, The Pig, Sister and Cat in the Wall were also among the winners of this year’s edition

The Father wins the top award at the 37th Golden Rose Film Festival
Actor Ivan Barnev receiving the Best Film Award for Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's The Father

After winning the Crystal Globe at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's The Father [+see also:
film review
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interview: GoCritic! Interview: Kristi…
interview: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Val…
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has picked up several awards at the 37th edition of the Golden Rose Film Festival (27 September-4 October, Varna), including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (for Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov).

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With one exception, all of the awards and Special Mentions were given to films that have already been seen at international film festivals, such as Stephan Komandarev’s Rounds [+see also:
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interview: Stephan Komandarev
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]
, Dragomir Sholev’s The Pig [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dragomir Sholev
film profile
]
, Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Sister [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Svetla Tsotsorkova
film profile
]
, and Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova’s Cat in the Wall [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
film profile
]
. The international jury was led by Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov.

Thirteen features and 17 short films competed at this edition of the festival, which was organised by the country's National Film Center. Many of the movies received funding from the centre, and some minority co-productions with other countries, also funded by the institution, were screened in the non-competitive sidebars. The festival also had a small industry platform with various events that presented the opportunities or discussed the challenges of making films in Bulgaria.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Feature Film
The Father [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: GoCritic! Interview: Kristi…
interview: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Val…
film profile
]
- Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece)

The Special Award
The Pig [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dragomir Sholev
film profile
]
- Dragomir Sholev (Bulgaria/Romania)

The City of Varna Award
Rounds [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Stephan Komandarev
film profile
]
- Stephan Komandarev (Bulgaria/Serbia/France)

Best Director
Dragomir Sholev - The Pig

Best Screenplay
Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov - The Father

Best Cinematographer
Vesselin Hristov - Sister [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Svetla Tsotsorkova
film profile
]
(Bulgaria/Qatar)

Best Actress
Irini Jambonas - Rounds

Best Actor
Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov - The Father

Best First Feature
Cat in the Wall [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
film profile
]
- Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova (Bulgaria/UK/France)
Special Mentions
A Picture with Yuki [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lachezar Avramov
film profile
]
- Lachezar Avramov (Bulgaria/Japan)
Bad Girl [+see also:
trailer
interview: Marian Valev
film profile
]
- Marian Valev (Bulgaria)

Best Short Film
Nina - Hristo Simeonov (Bulgaria)
Special Mention
Home Far Away - Dimitar Kutmanov (Bulgaria)

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