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    AFRIKA

    In a world where the hidden is visible for the eye…

    A successful  career  woman  in  her  late  30s’  who  wants  a  child,  is  left  by  her  partner.  She  needs  to  start  anew,  but  the  grief  is  there,  right  beside  her,  as  an  African elephant in her apartment.

    Raya  does  not  notice  the  Elephant  that  takes  her  living  room,  when  she  is  back  from  work…  While  the  animal  is  eating  from  her  plate  over  breakfast…  While  it  baths with her, pouring hot water from its trunk in the bathroom… She does not  understand,  that  the  Elephant  helps  her  gather  the  objects,  clothes  and  photographs  of  her  exEpartner,  to  pack  them  and  send  them  via  courier…  Raya  doesn’t  have  a  clue  that  the  Elephant  takes  most  of  her  bedroom,  while  she’s  asleep, but in her dream…

    In her dream, Raya calls the Elephant… Her way to move on is by giving the love  memories, along with the grief, back to her ex.

     

    Half  a  year  earlier,  Raya’s  father,  a  retired  science  professor,  wants  to  finish  the  work of his life E discover the Garden of Eden. His wife Elysa has just died…

    He  goes  on  a  car  trip,  carrying  the  ash  urn  with  her  remains.  While  picking  up  hitchhikers  on  the  road,  it  becomes  clear  that  Prof.  Galabov  has  spent  his  life  trying to prove that the Garden of Eden was at the Durankulak Lake on the Black  Sea of Bulgaria. There were unseen creatures, unknown plants, exotic birds, even  lions there… But his fellow travelers think he is crazy and make him question his  own  dream.  He  is  weak  without  his  wife,  the  one  person  who  always  supported  him.

    Raya’s father gets to the lake by sunset and scatters the ashes of his wife. He has  given up on his dream… Exhausted, he lays down in the grass and closes his eyes.  Not  so  long  after  that,  he  hears  steps…  A  lion  passes.  And  his  wife  Elysa,  as  a  young,  beautiful,  naked  woman,  is  walking  towards  an  apple  tree  with  a  serpent  wrapped around it…

     

    Another  half  a  year  earlier,  the  New  Year’s  resolution  of  Professor  Galabov’s  grandson, an independent teenage boy, is to get rid of his little brother.

    Raya’s  nephews,  the  teenager  Michail  and  his  little  brother  Bozhidar,  are  locked  home at New Year’s Eve. For some reason, their parents would not let them play  outside.  They  are  only  allowed  to  watch  TV.  Michail  is  angry  that  he  is  with  Bozhidar again, that they are locked home, that there is no snow… But when a TV  presenter  announces  that  a  great  number  of  natural  disasters  will  be  happening  in the New Year, Bozhidar starts crying. Michail calls him stupid and reminds him  of how their family rescued them from a flood last summer…

    Bozhidar  calms  down.  But  when  the  dinner  guests  E  Raya  and  her  partner,  Prof.  Galabov and Elysa E arrive with a puppy as a present, the parents announce their  divorce.  Next  year,  they  will  be  separating  the  boys  –  Michail  will  live  with  his  father, as he is all grown up now, while Bozhidar will stay with his mother. Michail  unexpectedly breaks down, but his little brother is there to help…

     

    A year in the life of one family passes in three stories of loss, where the day is like  a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

    October 11, 2017

    Bulgaria

    Maya Vitkova

    Scriptwriter/director/producer

    Graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in  2001.  She  worked  as  an  assistant  director,  casting  director  and  executive  producer  for  over  twenty  national  and  international  productions, i.e.  Kamen Kalev’s EASTERN PLAYS, which premiered  at  the  Cannes  Directors’  Fortnight  and  was  nominated  for  the  Camera  d’Or , was  among  the  3  finalists  for  the  LUX  Prize,  in  the  official  EFA  selection, and Bulgaria’s foreign film Oscar nomination.

     

    Maya   Vitkova’s   debut   feature   film   project   VIKTORIA  was  the  first  Bulgarian  feature  in  competition  at  the  Sundance  Film  Festival. The film was slelected to 70  international  festivals  and  won 10  awards,  and  was  greatly reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, The New Yorker, Vogue  Magazine,  Screen  International,  Filmmaker  Magazine,  Twitch  Magazine  and  more, making it to #4 of the best films of 2016 according to The New Yorker.

    Udayan Prasad

    “ScripTeast is the programme all the advisors
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    BAFTA nominated, director of “My Son the Fanatic”, “The Yellow Hankerchief” and ”Opa!”, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, UK

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    ScripTeast Head of Studies, Associate Professor – Screenwriting and Production at School of Cinematic Arts, USC, screenwriter and director, author of the script for the Oscar-nominated film “Shoeshine”, USA

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    Golden Globe awarded author of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood” with two Oscars, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, USA