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    Nanook

    After years living in Denmark, AGA, a young Inuit woman, is called home to Greenland to deal with her mother’s illness. Her parents, SEDNA and NANOOK, are traditionalists, living off of the land, struggling against the changes brought by “civilization”. AGA tries to convince her mother to return with her to Copenhagen, but comes into conflict with her stubborn father, who clings to his ancient way of life.

    In the snowy wilderness of Northern Greenland the aging Inuits NANOOK(60) and his wife SEDNA(57) live in an igloo. They are the last to have chosen the old way of life in a changing world where oil drilling pollutes the land and animals die for no apparent reason.

    Sedna, realizing that she is gravely ill, goes to the small shore settlement not far from the oil field, and phones her daughter, AGA(32), asking her to come home. Aga has fled to Europe long ago and is reluctant to return, but her mother’s tone convinces her.

    In a few days Aga arrives at the settlement and checks into the small local hotel. She is in the early stages of pregnancy. During the night she runs into her childhood friend CHENA (31), who has always been in love with Aga. Chena has chosen to live and work like a European in the shore settlement, but he’s able to direct Aga to where Nanook and Sedna live in the wilderness.

    Moments after she has arrived at her parents’ igloo, Aga and herestranged father, Nanook, confront one another, being supporters of different world philosophies.

    Agasplits her time between the igloo and the settlement – with her parents during the day taking care of Sedna, trying to convince her to come back with her to Europe, and alone in the hotel or talking to Chena during the night. One can feel something left unspoken in these conversations but they help her resolve her doubts over her relationship with Nanook and the fate of her unborn child.

    At first, Nanook and Aga’s communication is difficult but they become closer with time and Sedna’s help. She called her daughter for that reason alone, not her sickness as Aga is led to believe; this is the last attempt of the dying mother to bring the family back together.

    As Sedna’s illness grows worse, she collapses and Aga has her taken to the settlement hospital. But Nanook secretly steals her away again and brings her back home where she wants to end her days. Aga finally stops trying to persuade Nanook thatshe knows what is best for Sedna and decides to spend these last days with her parents in peace.

    The three of them are a family again and Sedna’s condition seems to improve, especially when she sees Nanook and Aga growing closer.

    One day Nanook and Aga go out hunting together. The ice beneath them shatters and the sled falls into the water, drowning all the dogs except for one that Nanook manages to save. Nanook is soaked and shivering, near to death. Aga helps him reach the igloo where Sedna warms him up with the heat from her own body. In the morning, Nanook is alive but Sedna has passed away.

    Aga remains with Nanook for a while but with her advancing pregnancy she decides to go back to Denmark. She realizes that living onthe continent has changed her. She can’t live in the wilderness anymore. She asks Nanook to come with her, but he does not give her an answer.

    The following day Aga boards the ferry. She waits for Nanook but he does not come. The ferry sails away with Aga on board. She sees her father standing on a mountain of ice above the settlement, close to the oil field and its pumping drills. The ferry sails into the open sea and Aga loses sight of Nanook.

    Later, Nanook goes to the hole in the ice where he usually hunts, but he is no longer concerned with hunting. He is just a small dot against the white vast landscape.

    July 03, 2014

    Bulgaria

    Milko Lazarow

    Director, scriptwriter.
    He graduated at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts |NATFA| in Sofia.
    He is an executive producer and director of Bulgarian National Television’s most successful
    BBC projects THE GREAT BULGARIANS and THE BIG READ. He used to be a lecturer in NATFA’s film department „Experimental filmmaking and inscenation”. He participated in many public discussions regarding the Cultural life of Bulgaria.
    ALIENATION was his first feature film. It premiered in Venice, ’70 in the Official Selection of Venice Days and won two prizes, Special mention from Europa Cinemas Label and Best
    young director from FEDEORA. Since then film was shown at many festivals and received numerous awards.
    Project NANOOK, was presented for the first time during 11th edition of Sofia Meetings and
    received two prizes: the Synchro Film Special Mention for a title in the Second Films Projects section, worth €5,000 in post-production services, and the Mediterranean Film Institute
    scholarship. Due to the success of Sofia Meetings “NANOOK” was invited to be presented at MOSCOW BUSINESS SQUARE 2014 and also at CineLink.

    Bulgaria

    Simeon Ventsislavov

    Screenwriter and director. Studied at NATFA National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Dramaturgy, Bachelor’s degree (forthcoming graduation). Attended the “Master Class” of: Milko Manchevski, Istvan Szabo, Carlos Saura, Edward Albee, Jiri Menzel, Cristian Mungiu; CineLink Project Development Workshop, Slano, Croatia; MFI Script 2 Film Workshop, Greece and other workshops to develop writing skills.

    Selected projects:

    2014 – “Nanook” feature movie – co-writer – pre-production – The Project won two awards in Sofia Meetings 2014 and was part of Moscow Business Square, CineLink and MFI Script 2 Film Workshop.
    2014 – “Birthday” short movie – screenwriter – selected for Krakow Student Film Festival and “Golden Rose” Bulgaria.
    2010 – “Slogan” short movie – Forum Honoris Causa Award for screenplay – co-writer

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