The young friends of the ussr club
Bulgaria, 1984. Behind the Iron Curtain, there was a Communism, but young Stan wants to know more about sex. So, he falls in love in an Idol – “Angelica in chain”. When Stan meets real Angelica he understands that only true love could save her.Bulgaria 1984. Behind the Iron curtain, Stan (12), a member of the Young Friends of the U.S.S.R. Club at his school, is trying to discover the world of sex in a comic way, due to the straight-laced, ossified society he lives in.His father Vlado, who is an officer in the Bulgarian State Security services, is ashamed of Stan’s budding sexuality and of the influence other kids have over him, and so he tries to get rid of everything that may affects him this way. This behavior makes Stan realize that something is not quite right in his family. His mother, Maya, who is a hereditary aristocrat, hates the system. This creates tension between the couple, who also argue about how to raise Stan. Meanwhile, Maya gives Stan an album of reproductions of paintings, including works by Jean Auguste Dominique.Ingres, to encourage Stan’s interest in drawing and also to channel his developing sexuality into art and aesthetics. Ingres’ painting “Angelica in Chains” occupies a central place in the album. The picture itself is also a secret cry for help from Maya, which will change Stan’s worldview. Stan is nevertheless Vlado’s pride and joy – the son seems to be unproblematically following his father’s path. This idyllic situation slowly falls apart when real Angelica appears in Stan’s life – a new classmate who has returned to Bulgaria from abroad, where her father was a diplomat. The young girl is a rebel. She also feels “chained up” since her return to Bulgaria. Stan falls in love and everything changes; a series of dramatic events ensues, which will change his life and of his parents.
Director, producer and scriptwriter. Member of the Bulgarian Film Directors’ Association.Graduated from the Medical Academy in Sofia and completed a degree in Film & TV directing at the New Bulgarian University.
His feature debut DOG’S HOME premiered at the Berlinale’s Forum in 2001, while his second fiction feature THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER won over 35 festival prizes and was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2009. Stephan has also directed and produced several documentaries including Alphabet Of Hope, THE TOWN OF BADANTE WOMEN and HOME FOR SOMEONE ELSE.October 14th 2012 Stefan starts shooting his next feature project THE JUDGEMENT (www.thejudgementmovie.bg) developed with ScripTeast and the Mediterranean Film Institute in 2009-2010. The film is a Bulgarian-German-Macedonian co-oprodution supported by the Bulgarian National Film Centre, Macedonian Film Fund, Bulgarian National TV, MDM German Film Fund and EURIMAGES.
Journalist, writer. MA in Journalism from the Sofia University ‘St.Kliment Ohridsky’Consultant and scriptwriter of several documentaries at the Military Film Studio. Producer and scriptwriter of pilot reality TV formats: Game of dreams and Miraculously.His journalist experience include being political observer for “Trud” Daily, Executive Director, ‘Sega’ Daily, Editor-in-chief of Magazines:’FHM’, ‘Golf&Spa’, ‘Egoiste’, ‘For Men’.Professional experience as scriptwriter:
Stolichani v poveche – TV series(first and second season), BTV
Metropolis – scriptwriter and editor;
Survivor – II i III scriptwriter and editor;
I dreamed Europe – author and scriptwriter
Chernorizets Hrabar Award of the Union of Bulgarian Publishers
Panitza Award for reflection of the war in Kosovo in 1999
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